"Where Fever Pitch used actors to portray the passion of
footy fever (different code, same passion) Year of the Dogs uses
two real people, Jenny and Pat, mother and daughter. Their lives
are measured by Footscray’s forays, more failures than
successes. Their emotional attachment could make an interesting
psycho drama, but Cordell sticks to the team: we see them in all
possible situations, from showers to sullen silences, from losing
to winning, from fear to exhilaration.
For sport watchers, the
film offers enormous detail; for others, it scats between highs
and lows, observing several aspects of human nature along the way
- as if by accident. Cordell’s success is in making even a
footy ignoramus like me tune in to the tensions of the
team’s hopes and aspirations. Of course, it helps that the
team is an underdog of the first order."
Andrew L. Urban