A dog struggles against a retractable leash while a man―pressing the retract button―waits patiently for his pet's inevitable return. The small dog braces itself against the road as it's pulled; children watch, laughing gleefully as Jep, the main character, watches them watch.
Life as amusing spectacle, man as lazy, spoiled observer―or flâneur. Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty (2013)
Accompanied by music, an old man walks slowly across the frame as his struggling dog―which might as well be a small boulder―is pulled along behind him. The audience watches in a state of amused horror; the dog, yelping, is tangled in the leash, and probably not very recently. The man is too old to hear or notice, and too feeble to do anything about it even if he did.
Life as tragicomic opera, man as sisyphean protagonist. Roy Andersson's You, the Living (2007)