“Everyone likes me here,” Marcello (Marcello Fonte)
Oppressing people, whether as a politician or a parent, has further problematic consequences. It makes the victim more susceptible to other bullies. And those in the victim's care also suffer. DOGMAN does not try to explain lead Marcello's psychology. Compare MY FRIEND FROM THE PARK (2015), which looks at a new mother's vulnerability, and drops hints at how the lead reached her situation. We meet people all the time whose background we don’t know, without much of a clue to fathom their behaviour. Maybe some filmmakers think not being able to extrapolate makes the scenarios universal? One does not want to be spoonfed with pat psychology, but vagueness can be unsatisfying, e.g. SHAME (2011).
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