Umberto D., Vittorio De Sica's 1952 Italian neorealist drama, is essentially the same sort of depressing coming-of-age film we have an established love of -- 400 Blows, George Washington, Ratcatcher, etc -- but about an old man and his dog.
Also, as it turns out, the dog is played by one of the few professional actors in the film. And he's so good a lot of people think he ruins the feel of the movie.
I will never complain about a dog like that.
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