Dogs Don’t Wear Pants, directed by J.P. Valkeapaa, is a Finnish film that finds its way to American audiences as a Shudder exclusive. For those who think Shudder is a streaming service only offering horror fare, movies like Dogs Don’t Wear Pants proves that it is also the home to some of the most daring and experimental films currently being produced.
Dogs Don’t Wear Pants follows Juha (Pekka Strang), a surgeon who is trying to deal with a recent tragedy. He is coasting through life, unable to deal with his grief, when he has a chance encounter with a BDSM sex worker, Mona (Krista Kosonen). He finds himself obsessed, trying to find a way to cope and understand his emotions through his new exploration of submission.
This movie is unconventional, non-exploitative, surprisingly emotional, and ultimately cathartic. For those who are able to explore daring and challenging cinema, Dogs Don’t Wear Pants comes highly recommended.