Based upon the 1939 novel by Lord Dunsany. A father and son bond after encountering an eccentric clergyman who believes he was a dog in a past life
- Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown and Peter O'Toole
- Edward Plunkett
- Toa Fraser
Since the death of his younger son in the Boer War, Horatio Fisk has aged into a bitter and curmudgeonly misanthrope, distanced even from his good-natured older son, Henslowe, who visits him weekly.
To relieve the tedium of their regular outings, the pair decide to attend a lecture on the Transmigration of Souls delivered by a visiting Hindu Swami. There, they meet the eccentric and mysterious Dean Spanley, with whom Fisk Jr strikes up a bizarre friendship following a series of chance meetings.
Henslowe tempts the Dean to dinner with promises of a rare Hungarian Tokay wine, which he must then go to great lengths to procure, his quest leading him to resourceful rogue trader Wrather. From these unlikely encounters, a sequence of events conspire to unlock the heart of the stiff-upper-lipped Fisk Sr, and reveal the emotional truths buried in his past.