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The Dogs (1979)

Les chiens (original title)
After several inhabitants of a new city were bitten by dogs, a young doctor tries to stop to the climb of violence.

Director:

Alain Jessua

Writers:

Alain Jessua (original idea), André Ruellan (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Morel
Victor Lanoux ... Docteur Henri Ferret
Nicole Calfan ... Elisabeth
Pierre Vernier ... Gauthier
Fanny Ardant ... L'infirmière
Philippe Klébert Philippe Klébert ... Franck
Régis Porte Régis Porte ... Jacques
Gérard Séty Gérard Séty ... Le maire
Philippe Mareuil Philippe Mareuil ... Beauchamp
Henri Labussière Henri Labussière ... Montagnac, le pharmacien
Anna Gaylor Anna Gaylor ... Madame Colin
Elisabeth Kaza Elisabeth Kaza ... La première invitée
Monique Morisi Monique Morisi ... La seconde invitée
Frédéric Pouget Frédéric Pouget
Maurice Illouz Maurice Illouz ... Le patron disco
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After several inhabitants of a new city were bitten by dogs, a young doctor tries to stop to the climb of violence.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 March 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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According to Alain Jessua, the director, Gerad Depardieu accepted to play in this film only because he was himself attacked by dogs a couple of weeks before and decided to somewhere exorcise his fear of dogs with this movie playing. See more »

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Day of the dog.
26 February 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

There 's nothing supernatural in "les chiens" ,but Alain Jessua's treatment gives us the strange feeling we are sometimes watching a sci-fi,fantasy and horror movie.The atmosphere seems irrational,and even the "good" heroine turns into an almost disturbing character.She was the victim of a rape and she bought a dog to protect her.In the town,a lot of people do the same,in spite of the mayor's opposition.Depardieu portrays the owner of kennels where he trains the future dog-handlers (we've got to call them like this because it's not longer the nice little pets).A movie about insecurity,like all Alain Jessua's movies of the seventies ,it was too ahead of its time for its own good.

At the end the movie ,the heroine has come full circle :she recognizes her rapist (or ,which is not the same,she thinks she recognizes him)and violence is about to break out again.


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