Mr. Fonte gives a superbly austere performance, with comic dimensions, in which Marcello becomes a haunted, and haunting, enigma.
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In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences.

Played at

Music Hall, 4.26.19 - 5.01.19
Playhouse 7, 4.19.19 - 4.25.19
Glendale, 4.19.19 - 4.25.19
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 103 min
Language: Italian
FEATURED REVIEW: Anthony Lane New Yorker
The protagonist of “Dogman,” Marcello (Marcello Fonte), is a man of many talents. First, he grooms dogs, in the town of Castel Volturno, thirty miles up the coast from Naples. (He even defrosts a half-frozen Chihuahua. Somebody has to.) Second, he’s a scuba enthusia...