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Bark (2016)

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Bark is a short film about two teenage women arguing about their roles and dynamics under the lens of "the contemporary feminine psyche."[1] Slowly, though, the plot descends into a surreal and psychologically charged climax.[2]

Plot Summary[edit]

Dot (Lucia Ribsi) is laying on a couch, reading. There is no sound other than the room's natural sound. Suddenly, Lo (Gina Piersanti) beckons to her, asking her "What are you saying?" Dot asks says "Nothing", only to have Lo respond "Don't say nothing, that's so dismissive," and "How can we talk about if you won't even let me give you my side." The two then theorize about whether or not Dot said anything, whether she could've thought about saying something, and whether or not what Dot theoretically thought was accidentally vocalized. Dot denies saying anything, but Lo pressures her to confess by insulting her, saying that "we can't move on to what matters because you're being too much of a stubborn pig that you called out to me." Lo then tries to coax her by admitting a secret about being passive aggressive of her own volition, with the expectation that Dot would have to reciprocate such an exchange. She refuses. Frustrated, Lo calls her a pig in a forceful way. Defeated, Dot reluctantly admits that which was shown to not happen in the film.

Lo then walks away, lamenting about how she "hates fighting," and that it's so much easier to come clean "instead of hiding or pretending or whatever," venting in a passive-aggressive way about how she hates lying and passive-aggression. She reiterates her frustration that Dot claimed to not say anything and blame it on the dog. Then, Lo asks, "What dog?" Dot points out to the window, and the camera cuts to show there is nothing where she's pointing. Lo acknowledges that the dog is there, even though it is visible that she doesn't think it's real. She says that she thought Dot was apologizing, "because you know I've been waiting for your apology all day. Dot continues to accuse Lo of calling out rather than the dog barking, claiming that it wouldn't because it's "trained."

Then, Dot says that she did call out. It was because she was afraid. She wanted Lo in the room because she was scared. Dot crumples at Dot's feet, professing all of her insecurities and bad tendencies. She then states that she was also scared because of "the dog." Lo picks her up, claiming that she knows Dot is scared because she is blind. She covers Dot's eyes, then her own as she states that she, too, is blind. Lo then leads both of them around the house, both of them grasping at one another. Dot is then forced on to the couch, and mounted by Lo, and starts screaming. Lo then forces dot to the ground, staying on top of her. As Dot is crying, she gets on all fours, and shoves Lo off. Then, she starts barking. She seemingly is the dog, brought into a primal state by the dynamic between the two women.


Lucia Ribsi[3] as DotGina Piersanti[4] as Lo


  1. Films, Freedom 2K (2017-03-10), BARK, retrieved 2018-11-16
  2. Bark, retrieved 2018-11-16
  3. Bark, retrieved 2018-11-16
  4. Bark, retrieved 2018-11-16

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