WIENER-DOG ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM -

Di­rected by Todd Solondz. Star­ring Keaton Nigel Cooke, Tracy Letts, Julie Delpy, Greta Ger­wig, Kieran Culkin, Con­nor Long, Brid­get Brown, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn In the style of Robert Bres­son’s Au Hasard Balt­hazar, Weiner Dog pro­pels its tit­u­lar an­i­mal through three sto­ries fo­cussing on char­ac­ters of ever-greater age. Cooke is a kid re­cov­er­ing from cancer. DeVito is a frus­trated film pro­fes­sor. Burstyn is a bit­ter older later. The di­rec­tor of Hap­pi­ness has not lost his taste for mis­an­thropy – Burstyn calls the dog “cancer” – but the film re­mains prop­erly funny and com­pas­sion­ate through­out. His best in a decade. Club, lim­ited re­lease, 88 min DC

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