"My son. My baby. Why are you so sensitive?" (From the film)
A day in the metropolis that is Istanbul and a look at three destinies.
The Dog is a "real" film. Following four characters on a normal day in Istanbul, we watch the power dynamics between the weak and the stronger. All four stories are very familiar. The familiarity comes from the 'reality' in the essence of them. And that very essence leaves us with a broken heart from time to time. Cemo and Mehmet are pre-adolescent boys, who make money by selling tissues on streets. Hayat is a woman from a village, ensnared in the big city by her very ordinary marriage. Ebru is the star of an all too familiar trans female story. The Dog, dedicated to Pippa Bacca by director Esen Işık, shows how the characters change in relation to power. It is reminiscent of Pippa's wedding gown, which got progressively dirtier on her journey as she did not take it off.
Born in 1969 in Istanbul, Turkey, Esen Işık has been living in Switzerland since 1990. She studied Film & Video at Zurich University of the Arts. She received the Swiss Film Prize for Best Short Film with The Stolen Father (1999) and the Swiss Film Prize Quartz for Du&Ich (2012). The Dog (2015) is her first feature film.