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Directed byKatarzyna Adamik
Written byHeather Morgan
StarringLee Tergesen
Heather Morgan
Lisa Kudrow
Vincent D'Onofrio
Hank Azaria
Distributed byTVA International[1]
Release date
January 11, 2002 (2002-01-11) (Sundance)[2]
Running time
100 minutes[2]

Bark! is a 2002 film written by Heather Morgan, directed by Katarzyna Adamik (the daughter of director Agnieszka Holland) and starring Morgan, Lee Tergesen, and Lisa Kudrow. The film debuted at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize.[citation needed]

The "extremely low-budget" film,[3] which had its origins in a 90-second comedy sketch,[2] is about Lucy, a professional dogwalker (played by Morgan), who gradually assumes the identity of a dog. Tergesen plays Peter, her embarrassed husband, and Kudrow plays their veterinarian.

Variety, reviewing the film after its Sundance screening, said it "seems to be a throwback to the craziness-as-higher-expression-of-individuality school that was in vogue between The King of Hearts and Harold and Maude, noting "Lucy's withdrawal doesn't seem to spring from anything — unless urban life's everyday rudeness and an overbearingly suburban-banal family background count — and scene by scene, Bark! builds no discernible rhythm, viewpoint or mood apart from a faint, rudderless, shaggy-joke tenor.[2]

The film was screened at several film festivals, including the Moscow International Film Festival, the Munich Film Festival, the Warsaw International Film Festival, and the Cleveland International Film Festival, but never received a theatrical release.[citation needed]

The film was eventually released on DVD in 2003 by TVA International.[1]



  1. ^ a b Houston, Don (November 22, 2003). "Bark". DVD Talk.
  2. ^ a b c d Bark! Review, from Variety
  3. ^ After Friends: Looking for a Second Act, an August 18, 2002 article from The New York Times

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