Posted at 3:19 PM on September 21, 2006
by Euan Kerr
For those of you who missed Jacques Thelemaque's appearance at the Walker Art Center earlier this week, he'll be at the Lagoon Theater tomorrow and Saturday to do q and a's after the 7pm screenings of his film "Dogwalker."
The film is an intriguing tale of Ellie Moore (Diane Gaidry) who escapes her abusive boyfriend by heading to the nearest airport and taking the first plane out of town. She ends up destitute on the streets of Los Angeles, and after a series of misadventures ends up befriending Betsy Wright (Pamela Gordon) a misanthropic professional dogwalker who gives Ellie a place to stay. It turns out Betsy has a grim future due to illness, and an even grimmer past. She needs Ellie to walk the dogs.
As Ellie goes somewhat unwillingly into her new dogwalking life, she enters the world of "dog-people," where she learns the parallels between human and canine behavior, whether it be pack mentality, or ideas of trust and loyalty.
It would be easy for this story to lapse into a queasy cutesiness, but Thelemaque doesn't back away from the reality that relationships, whether human or dog, can sour, and seldom follow logic.