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1 hrs, 43 mins
Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi, Francesco Acquaroli, Alida Baldari Calabria, Laura Pizzirani, Gianluca Gobbi
Matteo Garrone

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Master filmmaker Matteo Garrone, director of the blistering Academy Award nominee Gomorrah, returns to the crime thriller genre with this tension-filled drama of temptation and rebellion, in the tradition of neo-realism. Marcello (Marcello Fonte, Best Actor winner at the Cannes Film Festival) is a small and gentle dog groomer in a rundown seaside resort town who wants two things: to look after his dogs and take his daughter on exotic holidays. But to fund this lifestyle he gets into a side business that has a more unsavory clientele, and he soon finds himself being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino (Edoardo Pesce), a huge, violent ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to the breaking point, he must make a crucial and potentially dangerous decision in order to regain his dignity and control of his life. Fonte gives a terrific, unforgettable performance as a little guy who excels at soothing his sometimes-vicious big dogs, but finds Simoncino harder to control. (Fully subtitled)

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