Il colpo del cane

  • 93'
  • Italy
  • 2019

It seems like easy money: dogsitting an elderly rich lady's little French bulldog for the weekend. But this is where Marti, the protagonist in Italian director Fulvio Risoleo's adventurous Il colpo del cane, is wrong. Not only is her rate lowballed, the expensive accessory gets dognapped. Together with her girlfriend, Marti sets off on a wild pursuit. Then Risuleo swaps the perspective around: who is the peculiar thief anyway? Isn't everybody, including the pup, a victim of circumstance?

In his second feature, Risuleo again shows his adroitness in creating fanciful and ludicrous situations. And, again, he shows the overlooked side of his beloved Rome – as if Gianfranco Rosi's Sacro GRA was remade as a comedy. As with all good farces, the tone is inevitably tragic. No matter whether you have too much or too little of it, money ruins people's lives.

Director
Fulvio Risuleo
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Italy
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Dog Snatch
Language
Italian
Producers
Donatello Della Pepa, Annamaria Morelli
Production Companies
Revok Film, TIMVision
Sales
True Colours G.F.
Cinematography
Juri Fantigrossi
Editor
Ilenia Zincone
Sound Design
Francesco Lucarelli
Music
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Cast
Edoardo Pesce, Silvia D'Amico, Daphne Scoccia, Silvana Bosi, Anna Bonaiuto, Sabrina Marchetta, Vittorio Viviani