A dog plays the central role in Todd Solondz’s ('Happiness', 'Life During Wartime') scrappy mosaic of four characters’ lives.
Solondz resurrects Dawn Wiener, the awkward lead from his 1995 breakout hit 'Welcome To The Dollhouse', to deliver one of his funniest films to date.
Here played beautifully by Greta Gerwig, Dawn appears in just one of four interlinked stories of American life that connect the winsome dachshund's various owners: an affluent suburban family, a frustrated screenwriting teacher, an elderly depressive and Dawn herself.
The tone that runs through this quartet of stories will be familiar to anyone who’s seen a Solondz film, albeit featuring the odd, surprising ray of hope.
★★★★★ "Visually striking, very funny and with an undertow of pathos" - Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent