Both my partner and I are animal lovers and so I decided to purchase this film as a Christmas present for her. I have to say that neither of us were disappointed.
The film is, of course, based on the book of the same by J.R. Ackerley. I have not read the book but the film is essentially a love story; a love story between one man and his dog. I sat watching it with a smile on my face throughout. It's been a long time since a film warmed my heart so much. Being a dog lover, of course, helps. However, the wit of the movie is certain to appeal to all. Also, the animation is quite beautiful. It's stripped back, pure animation. When one watches the documentary on the disc of how the husband and wife team created the film, one can appreciate its beauty all the more.
Having watched the film, and loved it, I can say I understand fully Ackerley's line: "Unable to love each other, the English turn naturally to dogs."