Perhaps the cutest film ever created, QUILL: THE LIFE OF A GUIDE DOG, based on a true story, is the sweet tale of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. The camera captures Quill's natural charisma and character in a way rarely seen on screen. Not only a movie about a dog, QUILL also explores the experiences of the visually impaired. Both educational and endearing, QUILL should not be missed.
"What sets this film above so many movies about animals is that it's about a dog who is realistic in every aspect."
-Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"Wonderful, emotionally wrenching charmer is an absolute must-see for dog-lovers of all ages."
-Doris Toumarkine, FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL
"When isn't it a good time to show a movie tracing the development of a kind, charismatic yellow Labrador retriever from frolicsome puppy to devoted seeing-eye companion to weary senior?"
-Melissa Anderson, VILLAGE VOICE
Travel to Japan this weekend to follow Quill from the litter to his selection as a guide dog shortly after his first birthday. After training at school for guide dogs, Quill is paired with a blind man named Watanabe who at first is reluctant to rely on him. Quill's great patience, gentleness and skill eventually win him over and they become inseparable friends. Both a coming-of-age story and an unusual buddy film, QUILL is a unique treat.
Directed by Yoichi Sai. Unrated.
Japan, 2011, Digital Projection, 100minutes, Color, Japanese with English Subtitles.