DMovies - Your platform for thought-provoking cinema

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet (El Perro que no Calla)

Director - Ana Katz - 2021

"Dirty gem"
Argentinean drama about an unruly dog, a meteor and a fishbowl helmet blends surrealism with deadpan to impressive results - on all major VoD platforms on Monday, July 26th

After desperate complaints from his neighbours about the noise of his dog, Seba (the filmmaker’s brother Daniel Katz) is told he can’t bring the animal into the office either. The Argentine drama then finds Seba at different intervals throughout his life, eventually encountering a meteor that poisons the air above four feet off the ground. These snippets of working from home and infected planetary atmosphere may sound familiar, but the telling is anything but.

Director Ana Katz walks a tightrope between the natural and absurd, starting with the titular dog who in reality does appear quiet as a mouse. The surrealism is treated in perfect deadpan, even when people have to start walking in a squatting position so as to not breathe the air above four foot. Katz’s (the director’s brother) face never suggests anything is untoward for the 73-minute duration, as though we’ve collectively forgotten what normality looks like.

Like Kurt Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim, Seba becomes unstuck in time as the movie jumps forward to show snapshots of his life, some barely lasting longer than a minute. In one moment he awkwardly catches the eye of a fellow wedding guest, the next they are expecting a baby, and moments later fitting the child with a fishbowl helmet that allows him to breathe as if floating in space. The effect is like watching Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014) on fast-forward on a submarine.

The difference (apart from the obvious weirdness) is that Katz avoids Richard Linklater’s philosophising, never feeling the need to draw attention to moments of quiet profundity, which are left suspended in the poisoned air. The filmmaker augments beautiful black and white photography with hand-drawn frames and unusual closeups, including a shot of a sandwich on a train seat that lasts nearly a minute.

Tempting as it would be to underscore its themes of rushing through life or failing to connect with one another, the film is too transient and enigmatic to condescend or pin down, eschewing the linear notions of time and ageing that plague our stories of work, life and family. Yet for all its lyrical absurdism and sci-fi detours, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet could hardly feel more human, even lifelike. Maybe that’s a true sign of the times.

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet is on exclusively on Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, May 21st. On other platforms on Monday, July 26th.



"Dirty gem"

By Dan Meier - 19-05-2021

By Dan Meier - 19-05-2021

Alongside writing reviews for DMovies and

DMovies Poll

Loading ... Loading ...

Most Read

Forget Friday the 13th, Paranormal Activity and the [Read More...]
Just a few years back, finding a film [Read More...]
A lot of British people would rather forget [Read More...]
A small family of four lives in a [Read More...]
Pigs might fly. And so Brexit might happen. [Read More...]
Holidaying in Cambodia with Isaac (Ross McCall), Ben [Read More...]

Read More

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Michael Showalter
2021

Victor Fraga - 23-09-2021

Biopic of gay-friendly and subversive televangelistic fallen from grace reveals a woman defined by faith, wealth and controversies - from the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

Undercover (Enquete Sur Un Scandale d’Etat)

Thierry de Peretti
2021

Victor Fraga - 23-09-2021

An informant turns against his narcotics officer, in French dialogue-intensive political thriller questioning the ethics of the "war on drugs" - live from the San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Grandmother (La Abuela)

Paco Plaza
2021

Victor Fraga - 22-09-2021

Old woman left catatonic by a devastating stroke terrifies her doting granddaughter, in this brilliantly subtle and beautifully elegant horror from Spain - live from the San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

Facebook Comment

Website Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *