Ichabod is itchy

July 25, 2006

Bombon the dog

Filed under: film — by ichabodisitchy @ 8:43 pm

We watched a lovely Argentine film last night, called Bombon- El perro.


Juan Villegas is an out-of-work mechanic, on the wrong side of 50– a victim of the economic nosedive that took its toll on countless families across Argentina in the early 2000s. When he helps a woman stuck on the roadside fix up her car, she gives him a Dogo Argentino–a large white game hound–called Bombon. Together, man and dog travel around Patagonia, getting work where they can. Things look set to come through for the pair when Villegas meets a dog exhibitor who whisks them off to the local dog show, where Bombon wins first prize and becomes a valuable cash commodity in the form of a stud dog. The irony is that Villegas humiliating and pitiful economic circumstances are mirrored in Bombon who, when it comes time to ‘perform’, fails to deliver.
This film is truly lovely (if a little ‘bumbly’). Villegas is spectacular and inspired a feeling of real warmth and sympathy in me. Bombon is (speaking as a dog lover) beautiful. The backdrop of Patagonian landscape is magical, and the ending is (thankfully, for I kept having the terrible feeling that something awful was going to happen) uplifting.


1 Comment »

  1. We really enjoyed this film too, and I would agree with everything you say about it here, including the worry about the ending – at a certain point before the end I thought I was going to get very upset but then everything was OK. A classic Vonnegut moment, methinks.

    Comment by James Long — July 26, 2006 @ 8:58 am |Reply

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