SPOILER MAKING OF DHOGS “SECUENCIA EXTRAÑA”
Three stories of sordid and animalistic human behavior taking place under the gaze of spectators.
ScifiNow, August 2017 by Awais Irfan | Frightfest.
“However, it’s still deftly fascinating. Goteira never shies away from showing just how despicable humans can be, through some unsettling and violent imagery and action. Humans are dark. And, frankly, a little messed up. Gotiera explores this well, create a film that is disgusting and dark and unsettling – but all in the best of ways. This is one of those films that will make you feel icky after seeing it, where you just want to go home and take a shower because of how nasty it is and how nasty it makes you feel.
The camera-work and the direction are slick too; there is a sinister ambience permeating the dark, sleek cinematography and the orchestration of tension and unease is superb. Dhogs isn’t for everyone, it’s nasty and dark and an esoteric exploration of the animalistic and sordid behaviour of humans. But it’s damn good.”
The Hollywood Reporter, October 2017 by Jonathan Holland | Sitges Film Festival
“…Weirdness, of the stripped-back variety, is in abundant supply — no more so than when our miserable taxista reappears to walk into an industrial warehouse and don women’s clothing to violently chop to pieces a side of meat. Add to all this the facts that the fourth wall is periodically broken and that the events we are watching are simultaneously being witnessed by an onscreen audience who sometimes break into spontaneous applause — and that they may indeed be a video game being randomly played by a small boy — and it’s clear that Dhogs (a compound of “dogs” and “hogs” to represent the uneasy mix of submissiveness and aggression that we humans share) is unspooling dangerously close to the limits of film school pretentiousness.
But the weirdness rarely feels over-the-top or gratuitous. Goteira handles the rhythm, and primarily the visuals, with expertise, making Dhogs a quietly unsettling experience: The sequence next to the pickup, with a variety of perspectives and focal lengths brought cleverly into play, goes some way towards making up for the film’s heavy-handed reminder that, as we already well know, we’re the passive screen recipients of terrible things a la Funny Games…”
Cast: Melania Cruz, Iván Marcos, Miguel de Lira, Morris, María Costas, Carlos Blanco
Dir.: Andrés Goteira
DoP: Lucía C. Pan
Composer: Germán Díaz
Editor: Juán Galiñanes
Producer: Suso López