Dogman (2018)

# 15384 IMDb

Dogman (2018

Director: Matteo Garrone

Stars: Adamo Dionisi, Laura Pizzirani, Gianluca Gobbi, Nunzia Schiano, Edoardo Pesce

Crime, Drama, Thriller (1h 43min)

Italy Italy, France France

Rated 7.3 after 13,523 votes, 70% postive reviews on 13-Jun-19.

35 wins & 33 nominations


Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.


Matteo Garrone (director) Marcello Fonte Adamo Dionisi Aniello Arena Mirko Frezza Damiano D'Innocenzo (credits) Jeremy Thomas (producer)

Marcello Fonte (Marcello), Edoardo Pesce (Simoncino), Nunzia Schiano (Madre Simoncino), Adamo Dionisi (Franco), Francesco Acquaroli (Proprietario Videolottery), Gianluca Gobbi (Proprietario Ristorante), Alida Baldari Calabria (Alida), Laura Pizzirani (Madre Alida), Giancarlo Porcacchia (Gasparone), Aniello Arena (Ispettore Polizia), Mirko Frezza (Pusher), Marco Perfetti (Pusher 2), Vittorio Russo (Commerciante), Gennaro Iannone (Commerciante), Emanuele Barbalonga (Padrone Cane), Daniele Saliceti (Presentatore Fiera), Nelly Oliva (Presentatrice Fiera), Miriam Platano (Angelo Night)

From the same director


Ugo Chiti (story), Matteo Garrone (story), Massimo Gaudioso (story), Ugo Chiti (screenplay), Matteo Garrone (screenplay), Massimo Gaudioso (screenplay), Marco Perfetti (collaborating writer), Damiano D'Innocenzo (collaborating writer) (as Fratelli D'Innocenzo), Fabio D'Innocenzo (collaborating writer) (as Fratelli D'Innocenzo), Giulio Troli (collaborating writer)

Produced by

Paolo Del Brocco (producer), Matteo Garrone (producer), Jean Labadie (producer), Alessio Lazzareschi (executive producer), Jeremy Thomas (producer)



"Dogman" brings the story of Marcello. As the movie opens, we see Marcello groom a dog in his shop, which is called Dogman. We get to know Marcello, who sells some drugs on the side to make ends meet, and who more than anything care much for his daughter whom he sees occasionally. Among his friends (?) is Simon, a former boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. Simon "convinces" Marcello to participate in a jewel heist, but when things go wrong, Marcello is picked up by the cops. Marcello refuses to rat out Simon and is sentenced to one year in jail... What will happen when Marcello is released a year later? To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from Matteo Garrone, who previously brought us the excellent mafia drama "Gomorrah". Here he delves into the lives of small crimes, and along the way examines the human condition. Due to the plot-heavy nature of the film, I can't go into much more details, sorry, just take my word for it that this is an intense but very rewarding movie experience. Marcello Fonte is outstanding in the lead role. The photography is excellent as well (the movie was shot in Castel Volturno, just north of Napoli).

"Dogman" premiered at this year's Cannes film festival, to immediate acclaim. Fonte won the Best Actor award. I happen to catch this movie during a recent family visit to Belgium. The early evening screening where I saw this at in Antwerp, Belgium was attended okay (about 15 people). I have no idea if this will reach US theaters, but imagine that if not else, this will be available on VOD and other platforms. If you are interested in a top notch foreign movie about the human conditions, I readily suggest you check this out when you can, and draw your own conclusion.


Official submission of Italy for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.

6 total 


35 wins & 33 nominations 
BAFTA Awards • BIFEST - Bari International Film Festival • Cannes Film Festival • Capri, Hollywood • CinEuphoria Awards • Cognac Festival du Film Policier • David di Donatello Awards • Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards • European Film Awards • Golden Ciak Awards • Golden Globes, Italy • International Cinephile Society Awards • Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists • Jerusalem Film Festival • Miami Film Festival • Palm Springs International Film Festival • Phoenix Critics Circle • Polish Film Awards • Premio Berenice • Trieste Film Festival • Valladolid International Film Festival

Other titles

Dogman ((original title); Argentina; Brazil; France; Germany; Portugal; Spain) • Dog-man (Israel (Hebrew title)) • Frizerul de câini (Romania) • Догмэн (Russia)



Australia:MA15+ / Canada:14A / France:12 / Germany:16 / Ireland:15A / Italy:VM14 / Norway:15 / Portugal:M/14 / Spain:16 / Switzerland:16 / Taiwan:R-15 / United Kingdom:15


Archimede, Le Pacte, Rai Cinema, Canal+ (with the participation of), Ciné+ (with the participation of), L'Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (with the participation of), Eurimages (support), Regione Lazio (support), Film Commission Regione Campania (support), Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo (MiBACT) (support), Comune di Castel Volturno (support)


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