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  • Summary: Set against the colorful backdrop of the Los Angeles dogwalking scene, The Dogwalker follows the moving, transformational journey of Ellie Moore (Gaidry), on the run from her latest abusive boyfriend. Down and out on the mean streets of L.A, rescue comes in the unlikely form of Betsy Wright (Gordon), a misanthropic dogwalker in need of help with her business and struggling with her own dark past. (Filmmakers Alliance) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: David Hunter
    70
    Rather than being self-indulgent or pretentious, however, the film comes up with many believable details and changes in direction that enrich the bittersweet central relationship of the two leads.
  2. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    70
    The sort of movie that you'd see on Lifetime if that channel actually respected its viewers' taste and intelligence, Jacques Thelemaque's feature directorial debut has been kicking around the festival circuit for five years, and now finally comes to theaters in a leaner cut that jettisons an extraneous subplot to get to the core of its human story.
  3. 67
    While there are moments throughout when the film looks primed to break out of the indie arthouse ghetto, it never quite pulls it off.
  4. Extremely bleak but occasionally compelling debut feature.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    30
    There seems to be a high level of personal commitment to the project. It is then all the more disappointing that such effort went into something that comes off so hollow and uninspired.
  6. The plot of this character-driven drama is slender and the digital images rather muddy--apparently an impoverished indie feature can look bad and still not be very interesting--but to his credit, Thelemaque sticks to his minimalist turf. And the dogs are great.
  7. Gordon, she of the Selma Diamond voice and mournful glare, is by far the most interesting aspect in a picture that might be termed unreleasably dull, if it weren't in fact in release at the moment en route to DVD.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. VictoriaDay
    Sep 7, 2006
    10
    I loved this movie! I read a lot of reviews that ALL miss the point. Even the good ones. They never mention the suppression and emergence of feminine energy, the processing of feminine anger, the sublimation of raw emotion and the film's numerous and distinctive visual/social metaphors. You look at this film in so many ways that most (male) reviewers (and the female ones, too, unfortunately), completely missed. I'm floored that this film was made by a guy. He must be channeling a goddess or something. Or his wife (who plays the lead) is more than just the actress. :)! She was awesome, by the way. And so beautiful it hurts. Expand
  2. JeanneRobinson
    Aug 27, 2006
    10
    A must see on your movie list. A beautiful moving film.
  3. JohnD.
    Aug 25, 2006
    10
    Not sure how these reviewers are giving this film a bad review, especially when you look at the stuff they're giving GOOD reviews to. Especially this Olsen character, who seems to have some kind of axe to grind. Anyone who enjoys personal indie films with real, compelling, raw characters would at the very least find this film engaging and unique. To call it a chore to sit through? These types of critics should stick to Snakes on a Plane. Expand
  4. V.S.
    Aug 27, 2006
    10
    In the true spirit of independent filmmaking, writer/director Jacques Thelemaque and his wife/partner, gifted actress Diane Gaidry, create a sensitive yet powerful film that is reminiscent of Cassavetes and Rowland collaborations in the past. The late Pamela Gordon also gives a stellar performance, as together this team puts a very truthful portrayal, a slice of real life up on the screen. Dogwalker is a touching story about healing old wounds and finding new friendship, love and hope in rebuilding one's life. Thelemaque directs with a master's touch, and his style reminds me of the best offerings from John Sayles. The fact that both Thelemaque & Gaidry are co-founders of Filmmakers Alliance in Los Angeles, and that that very community contributed immensely to making the film, sets them apart in the independent world as leaders who put their money where their heart is, and deliver the goods when they themselves are out in the field. To not see this accomplishment of theirs is to doubt the very foundation of independent filmmaking. And if you're a filmmaker, see this film and celebrate in their triumph, so you can be inspired by what's possible and aim high in your own aspirations. Expand
  5. JosephW.
    Aug 28, 2006
    9
    Powerful and human -- the tenuous, true relationship at the heart of the film stays with you.
  6. GinaL.
    Aug 30, 2006
    9
    Loved this quiet, sensitive film. Some standard story-telling and a dash of hokum don't derail the film's emotional impact. It's an affecting open window into the lives of two damaged souls struggling to heal - with the unsentimental help of a swirling menagerie of dogs. Expand
  7. ClaireM.
    Aug 29, 2006
    8
    Jacques Thelemaque's thoughtful first feature brings us into the world of Ellie, a lost woman who doesn't seem to have any direction. She meets Betsy and slowly learns to care for dogs, and herself. This film is very well put together, and the cast is refreshing. I love Pamela Gordon's crumudgeony, crusty old woman! Watch out for Diane Gaidry - this hot actress is on the rise and has been in a ton of features recently, and just won an award! Expand

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