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Greta Gerwig stars in Wiener-Dog, an ode to the never-ending pain that is modern life.

Linda Callerus

3 out of 4 stars

Title
Wiener-Dog
Written by
Todd Solondz
Directed by
Todd Solondz
Starring
Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito and Ellen Burstyn
Classification
14A
Country
USA
Language
English
Year
2016

In a week that features a wide release entitled The Secret Life of Pets, parents must ensure they do everything in their power to not accidentally send their children to Wiener-Dog, Todd Solondz's latest ode to the never-ending pain that is modern life. But for everyone else, or rather for those who appreciate exploring the more difficult and untidy corners of the world, Solondz's film is a godsend – an effective work of agitation in a summer predisposed to shiny tales about happy people.

While the pooch of the title is front and centre for most of the film, the movie is more a showcase for four distinctly unhappy humans wrestling with the concept of mortality. It's heavy material, but Solondz (Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse) shapes it all into an epic joke about the folly of living a good life. The eventual, bloody punchline might strike some as being ridiculously offensive, but for Solondz to back out by that point would be just as insulting. Overly sensitive pet owners, however, would be advised to take a walk.

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