Dog (2001)

Director: Andrea Arnold
Writer: Andrea Arnold
Cast: Joanne Hill, Freddie Cunliffe, Veronica Valentine
Seen on: 6.10.2022

Content Note: animal abuse/animal death

A girl (Joanne Hill) goes out to meet a boy (Freddie Cunliffe), despite her mother’s (Veronica Valentine) protestations. The boy is unkind, and takes her money, but it is only when they encounter a stray dog that the girl realises who he really is.

Dog is a very early work from Andrea Arnold and one that can be seen as very directly as a precursor to Fish Tank. It hits equally hard, though it is much less polished. Violence here is an inescapable fact of the girl’s life, and it is heart-breaking to see, despite a couple of moments of levity that the film also finds. It is certainly a short that hints at what came in Arnold’s work afterwards.

The dog, the boy (Freddie Cunliffe) and the girl (Joanne Hill) in front of an electrical tower. The image angle of the dog doesn't fit the rest of the image.

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