Baxter

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A bull terrier lives his life with three different sets of masters. He examines all of humankind's worst faults and the viewer quickly realizes that baxter's life depends on his refusal to obey like a good dog should. Based on the novel by ken greenhall.

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 204523390
UPC 012236215646
UPC 14 00012236215646
Format DVD
Release Date 8/12/2008
Rating Rating
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Actors
Name Delamare,Lisa
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Cast & Crew
Catherine Ferran - Actor
Daniel Deschamps - Executive Producer
Dominique Maleret - Production Designer
Jacques Audiard - Screenplay
Jacques Spiesser - Actor
Jean Mercure - Actor
Jerome Boivin - Screenplay
Jerome Boivin - Director
Ken Greenhall - Based On Novel By
Lise Delamare - Actor
Marc Hillman - Original Music By
Marie-Josee Audiard - Editor
Patrick Godeau - Producer
Patrick Roffe - Original Music By
Yves Angelo - Cinematographer
Reviews
ReviewSource The Washington Post
Review Baxter, whose gruff basso voice is provided by Maxime Leroux and who sounds remarkably like the Beast in Cocteau's "Beauty and the Beast," wants human companionship, but he has a rather strict set of behavioral requirements...Baxter is a glorious character, and when Boivin and his screenwriting partner, Jacques Audiard, focus our attention on him, the film is rich with an atmosphere of macabre comic suggestiveness. Baxter has more than a touch of the poet in him; he's a philosopher with a very precise sense of reality and his own needs. With his faraway, expressionless eyes and long, slightly melancholy snout, he's also a great camera subject, like a canine Buster Keaton. His reactions are there, but they're deep down, hidden in the recesses of his doggy consciousness...For all this peculiar originality, what keeps "Baxter" from being a wholly satisfying experience is that the people aren't very interesting -- certainly far less interesting than the star himself...Ultimately Baxter learns a hard lesson -- never obey -- a dog's lesson that is meant, we assume, to have a resonance for humans as well. And "Baxter" is just French enough to pull us, kicking and screaming, into the land of allegory. But that's not what we want. We want Baxter as he is -- simple, amoral and enigmatic. Not man's best friend, but his very own.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Hal Hinson
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Delamare,Lisa
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Dave Murray, Arrow in the Head ...a dark and often very black comedic look at the existential mind behind a jealous and sociopathic dog...
Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies Nominally a black comedy, but is one of those films where the horror of the situation outweighs any desire you have to laugh.

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