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.

International title
The Dog Snatch
Filmmaker
Fulvio Risuleo
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Italy
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
93’
Language
Italian
Producer
Donatello Della Pepa, Annamaria Morelli
Production Company
Revok Film, TIMVision
Sales
True Colours G.F.
Writer
Fulvio Risuleo
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