The countess, with her chauffeur-driven car, takes the woman and her son back to Hungary, where, for ill-defined reasons, they’ve been given government money to start a small “foundation,” or company, looking after stray dogs, a presumed metaphor for something or other.
Nothing much happens, and pacing is so slow that brief pic seems far longer than it is. A pair of secret police keep watch on the two women and their two elderly employees as they build dog pens, and a little boy, a runaway from a state home, takes shelter with the women, making the son jealous.
The rather insubstantial, and not very revealing, point of the film seems to be the final revelation that “animals are no better than men.”
Pic seems instantly dated. Cinematic allegories made during the Communist era, like Andras Kovacs’ “The Stud Farm,” were far more interesting than this. Still, the talented actors do their best with negligible roles, and all credits are fine.