Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
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Based on a true story, Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog is the sweet tale of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter to his selection as a guide dog shortly after his first birthday. After training at a school for guide dogs, Quill is paired with a blind man named Watanabe who at first is reluctant to rely on him. But Quill's great patience, gentleness and skill eventually win him over and they become inseparable friends. -- (C) Music Box Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's surprisingly unsentimental in its depiction of people with disabilities, and the scenes of guide-dog training are informative."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Charming subtitled drama shows healing power of dogs."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"[The director] delivers a sentimental tale for dog lovers, grounded by the man-and-his-dog bond that has made the novels Where the Red Fern Grows and Old Yeller perennially popular."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"A heart-affecting Japanese film about a patient, skilled, and loving seeing-eye dog and his brief life of service."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Its principal selling point - the supreme watchability of dogs, especially working dogs - is undeniably powerful."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Save for the tearful goodbye scenes, the only real drama in Quill is that Kobayashi is a little cranky at first and believe he's doing just fine with a cane."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Quill is a drama that feels like a documentary . . . or vice versa. And that makes it kind of a strange animal."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Wonderful, emotionally wrenching charmer is an absolute must-see for dog-lovers of all ages."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"A documentary-style drama portraying the training of a seeing-eye dog is sentimental and convincingly acted by both human beings and Labs"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"It's a wonderful film, though, which is - oddly - only now getting a very limited release, eight years after its Japanese debut."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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
"The exquisite live-action Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog may be the family film of the year."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"Director Yoichi Sai lays the sentimentality and humor on thick at times. Still, the movie is charming more often than not, and Sai's pseudo-documentary approach gives viewers a greater appreciation of service animals."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"It's tough to argue with a movie that features close-ups of Labrador puppies. Still, the Japanese feature Quill is one of the strangest dog movies this viewer has ever encountered."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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