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Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Charming subtitled drama shows healing power of dogs.

Movie NR 2012 100 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

(spoiler alert: death happens)

Great film, well done with cute puppy moments and teachable moments about dogs. Spoiler alert: both the dog and his blind owner die in the end. We didn't see that coming, and it caught us emotionally off-guard. I'd have prepped my kids with that fact if I'd have known in advance. Otherwise, totally great film. The subtitles were fairly easy for a eight or nine year old to read, despite the words detracting a little from the kid focusing on the images on-screen.

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QUILL: THE LIFE OF A GUIDE DOG appears to be a documentary, so carefully does it document the entire dog-training process. But this Japanese film is actually a charming drama about the relationship between a canine and his master and how their interaction can transform them both. It could have all been played for kitsch, but thankfully, there are no human voiceovers explaining Quill's inner thoughts, nor are there any cutesy techniques to personify him.

Instead, Quill allows the dog to do what dogs do: He sits when he's told to sit and waits when he's told to wait, and, most importantly, he carefully leads Watanabe safely through town And you still gets to know the main characters, especially the canine headliner. Such a gem he is! He cares about his master more than anything else in the world. This is a film that shows what it takes to connect with another being, and it's told in such an elegantly simple way.

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