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Directed by Heddy Honigmann

Netherlands 2018 86 mins. In Dutch with English subtitles

For those in relationships with them, service dogs are unerringly faithful and often miracle-working partners in life, acting as crucial helpers in order for their owners to live life as fully as possible. With Buddy, longstanding Dutch documentarian Heddy Honigmann follows six service dogs and their owners through their daily routines. Some of the owners experience blindness, autism, or mobility issues; others experience severe PTSD—but in all cases the dogs are always by their side, ready to assist at a moment’s notice. Through sensitive and perceptive interviews, Honigmann illuminates and makes palpable the close bonds with these amazing companions. Buddy ultimately asks us to consider the service dog’s role in society while also firmly centering those who have far too often remained on the periphery. “Warm, observant, mildly philosophical and deeply curious…without a millimeter of overreach, Honigmann’s movie convinces you that the dogs have kept these people away from overwhelming bleakness by also guiding them into the light.”—Wesley Morris, The New York Times.

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