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The Wild Condition

This 2005 video feature by Rolf Belgum (Driver 23, The Atlas Moth) manages to conjure up a marvelously strange world from the most banal ingredients: the inner lives of a feisty terrier and a grouchy, 81-year-old woman (Merrilyn Belgum). The woman's harsh judgments and senile wanderings are a burden to her lonely, overweight son (Christopher Wells), who battles cystic fibrosis and invests most of his emotional life in the pooch. At first his contentious relationship with the old woman seems to be the story's focus, but as Belgum artfully integrates vivid images of nature, we begin to sense that both she and the dog are governed by invisible and irresistible forces. 73 min.

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