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Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano
Genre: Crime, drama
Duration: 101mins

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman returns the film-maker to the realist mob world of his 2008 film Gomorrah, but goes further than that film in explaining the toxic emotional inadequacy of gangsterism – its brutality, its sycophancy, its pusillanimity, its craven addictions. In a dilapidated Neapolitan suburb, the pint-sized, mild-mannered Marcello runs a dog-grooming business, caring for the neighbourhood pooches and raising his young daughter, Alida, for whom he’d do anything. He’s popular. But there’s a specific reason for that. Marcello is no angel: he deals coke on the quiet and has indirectly created a monster: a violent tough guy and poisonous bully called Simone who has been turned into a raging cokehead through Marcello’s business. Marcello soon becomes swept up in a criminal plan he wants nothing to do with.

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