Sunday, February 10, 2008

Year of the Dog

Last night, Anchored Away and I got together for a girl's night in. We chat and she taught me how to knit over soy lattes. It was delicious fun. Once my needles got clicking, we settled in for a movie.

Year of the Dog is a quirky film about Peggy (played by Molly Shannon ... supastaahhh!) and her sweet little dog, Pencil. Fair warning: Pencil goes to doggie heaven not too far into the film, a devastating blow for Peggy. The rest of the movie is filled with Peggy's increasingly manic attempts to recapture balance and happiness. She goes vegan and becomes quite the subversive little animal rights activist along the way.

The script is intelligent - funny at times and softly sad at others. Every character is flawed (even the dogs) and all the actors deliver great performances. I was concerned Peggy was going to go vegan and live happily ever after, but the script stayed true - it's not that simple. The end is neither convenient nor cliché. Peggy ends up evening herself out, despite going against everyone else's advice, by finding her passion and courage. As Anchored Away put it last night, "she doesn't get what she wants, but she gets what she needs."

Year of the Dog is a lovely film to enjoy the next time you're in the mood for a little indie comedy.

As far as the knitting is concerned, I need more practice.

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