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The Dog Pound

Spending his summer in a haze of pot smoke, a 25-year-old university dropout takes care of his father's cottage while fitfully building his own ramshackle house down the road. This amiably meandering 2006 comedy drama by Uruguayan writer-director Manuel Nieto Zas chronicles the stoner protagonist's torpor and ennui yet never becomes boring itself, which is quite a feat. Enduring his father's repeated diatribes about his lack of ambition, the hero tries to fit in with a group of local men who help with his construction project when they're not busy getting high. Gradually he comes to accept his sense of isolation as he groggily contemplates his prospects. 110 min.

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