SHEPHERD: The Story of a Jewish Dog (2019)


“If you shoot the dog, you’ll have to kill me too.” – Ralph

Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After the Nuremberg Laws are enacted, a Jewish family must give up their German Shepherd dog who is used by the Nazi soldiers but the dog never forgets his true owner.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I came across earlier this month and was quite intrigued by the title and wanted to see what it was all about.

The premise itself works quite well, yet things aren’t as powerful as one might have expected.

This is based on an award winning novel and the transfer to screen doesn’t seem to work as well as it probably does on paper.

In the novel format, they have the opportunity to try and explain more about the history of the characters along with their thoughts on events that happen  them.

On screen that is much harder to do and it shows that they struggled to make the leap to the screen.

The story plays out in a nice way but there are a few contrivances in the plot that don’t work well enough because they seem a bit too far fetched.

It’s possible that in the novel, these things are explained better, but these aspects seem missing in this form.

The connection that the dog has with both of its owners here seems quite genuine and that helps make the story even more impactful in certain scenes as things unfold.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that fails to work as well as one might hope. The story is based on a novel that probably does a much better job with things because in the page format, they can do so much more while giving us even more information about the characters and story that will enhance things. The way that the story lays out works quite well, but there are a few contrivances that seem strange here but perhaps in the book, they are better explained. The connection between the dog and both of its owners in the film feel quite genuine and that helps make things a bit more impactful along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Based on the award winning novel The Jewish Dog by Asher Kravitz. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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One thought on “SHEPHERD: The Story of a Jewish Dog (2019)

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