The film is also based on both. The cute jack russell terrier in it accompanies the audience with its destiny with everything one expects from a “dog” film. That is, with the unsolicited adventures of a lost dog who is looking for his human friend, with encounters with good and bad people, with a devoted dog love for man and at the same time with man’s love for a dog friend who can do more than just replace a human family.
At least the first minutes of the film make the child and the teenager cry when the dog tells about how they suffocated the third brother with their own bodies in a closed bag in the trash, together with the second thrown-out puppy of the third brother.
From the first tears, the fact that Bedřich, a shabby man with a wooden cart (Boleslav Polívka) will save the two, will fall in love with the dog at first sight. He sells his sister to good hands and takes Kluk to his home in a shattered car to a junkyard, where they live happily with a neighbor, another rescuer of an abused dog. It is played by Eva Holubová in a blue-violet outfit.
But then Ivana Chýlková enters the scene as an evil (and very clumsy) person who pushes Kluk into a train and sends him into the unknown, because he probably doesn’t like dogs.
Why he doesn’t like them, why Bedřich likes her on the contrary and the film does not solve other similar “cracks”. After all, it’s just a matter of getting the man and the dog far apart and looking for a way back. Bedřich thus arrives in the city, where fortunately they have a piano in the square. He begins to delud and soon enchants with a brilliant play not only pub regulars, but also a local pastor (played by the media-popular pastor Zbigniew Czendlik, whose acting skills are close to zero), so that the injured homeless man suddenly becomes a neat organist.
And the dog? Well, we know how people deal with them. The villain, played by Marek Taclík, ties him to protect his property (as the film would not solve on a short chain, the film does not solve again), from him he gets to a good veterinarian (Karel Roden) and other plots, in which, among other things, the abomination of breeding and sadness shelters.
Then Kluk, now renamed Gump, ends up with kind people (Richard Krajčo and Karin Krajčo Babinská), but that’s still not it. Every dog has only one in his heart …
From the point of view of a screenplay for a real film (it was written by the author of the original Rožek and debutant Lukáš Fišer in the field), the film is quite scary. It is full of didactic and anteater lessons expressed by the most conceivable sentimental clichés, which, as Ivan Trojan speaks, literally tear behind the ears. It provides precise instructions on how to behave when a person wants to take a dog from a shelter (“Show me the one no one wants.”), As well as a detailed description of how to raise a dog, presented in scenes “from the life of a dog owner”.
Even the experienced director and cinematographer František A. Brabec could not make a good film from the script built in this way, although in many shots the dog lover will not deny the magic.
However, as a project to help care for abandoned dogs, Gump – a dog that has taught people to live is certainly deserving. It shows how important the care of the animal soul is, in the headlines it also emphasizes who took over which dog from the film and how well he is now, he openly invites the audience to take an interest in and take care of the abandoned dogs. It is easy to imagine a moved child yelling from the cinema (excited or desperate) parents straight to the shelter.
If it works, shelters and many dogs will undoubtedly be relieved. But will there be another film or project about stray cats or abandoned and abused children ?!
|Gump – a dog that taught people to live
|Czechia 2021, 92 min. Directed by: František A. Brabec, starring: Boleslav Polívka, Eva Holubová, Jana Plodková, Marek Taclík and others