The moving story of "¿No
oyes ladrar los perros?" is one of hope and despair, about a father
desparately seeking medical aid for his ill son, Ignacio. Based on the book by
writer Juan Rulfo, the film switches between present and a possible future life
of the child, when he survives. Vangelis' appropriate score, with both dramatic
and dreamy sequences is a one time collaboration with the French director
Francois Reichenbach. The film was nominated for a Golden Palm award at the Film
Festival of Cannes in 1975.
The music has been released on the album "Ignacio",
two years after the film. Unlike many other films scored by Vangelis, the music
in the film and on the album are almost identical!
Details and Credits
¿No oyes ladrar los perros? (Mexico/France, 1975)
also known as "Entends-tu les chiens aboyer?"
Length: 82 minutes
Directed by Francois Reichenbach
Music by Vangelis Papathanassiou
Text by Carlos Fuentes
Based on the book by Juan Rulfo
Screenplay by Jacqueline Lefebre, Noel Howard and Francois
Cinematography: Rosalio Solana
Sound engineer: Sigrido Garcia
Montage: Alberto Valenzuela
Camera: Salvador Lozano
Decoration: Carlos Granjean
Sound:Jose B. Garles
Produced by Cinematográfica Marco Polo, Conacine Uno and
Les Films du Prisme ORTF.
This film really deserves a release on DVD! As of yet the only way to
see this movie is to find a copy of the video released in the USA. Note that the
movie contains Spanish dialogue throughout, and no sub-titles whatsoever,
Estralla EST-1110 USA (NTSC)
OXXO OX-251 USA (NTSC)
The video from OXXO is still in print and can be found in
selected online stores.
"Carrying his son on his back, a man travels from place to place
looking for a doctor to treat the sick boy. As they journey, the indio father
tells the boy stories to keep him distracted. These stories reveal the life of
native peoples in Mexico, both in the countryside and in cities, and they shed
light on characteristic beliefs and rituals."