Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The cat is the most feared animal there is!
Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. Hence 'the sea' refers to a large armchair and 'zombies' are little yellow flowers. Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the uber-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission.
Dogtooth is disturbing. It creeps into your psyche and stays there for days. It plays like an absurdist comedy at first but quickly shows its true colours. It is a gripping, compelling, shocking and extremely sad story of three nameless nearly adult children who live in a world created exclusively by their parents.
By "nameless" I don't mean that we are never told their names; I mean they have no names. The implications of this are enormous (take a minute to think about how different your life would be if you did not have a name). In their particular environment, one in which discipline is fairly extreme, the children must be completely attuned to the parents whereabouts and commands at…
It's really hard to express the feelings I've experienced while watching Dogtooth. The story is simple: three young adults live isolated from the world, obeying the strange and distorted rules of their parents. But the film is much more than this.
The atmosphere makes you feel like you're part of the family. The shots, the lack of soundtrack, it's like a home movie, a home movie like the ones the kids watch. They don't know nothing of the world, they don't watch TV, they don't have a computer, they don't read books, they don't even see the packages' labels their father carefully throw away before coming home. And…
Whilst a little seen film, Castle of Purity, may share a very similar story (the filmmakers must have seen the film as it shares a few key scenes) Dogtooth is much more playful and subversive. The film has a very dark sense of humour and every time you laugh you feel guilty for doing so. The world that is created is ambiguous and full of wonderful details (if you didn't know the synopsis you could be a third of the way into the film without fully knowing what exactly is going on in the house) whilst the word play and the twisted games the innocent children play are compelling and deeply disconcerting. It is a shocking film but delivered in…
So...Nekromantik is no longer the weirdest movie I've seen this year.
Performances : 7/10
Story : 7.5/10
Production : 7.4/10
Overall : 7.3/10
Well, uh...I mean...it was, you know...interesting? For a movie that had me yelling "That is SO fucked up!" at the screen every other scene, I was surprisingly happy with the full piece of work. All content aside, it was shot very well, apparently using only one lens the entire time. The scenery was beautiful and yet, knowing what we know as an audience, it was darker than most movies, despite being shot almost entirely in daylight.
As far as the story goes I'm still dwelling on the events that happened. This was some seriously, seriously fucked up stuff. I guess what makes it hit home the most is…
Through manipulation and absurdity, Dogtooth paints the picture of a Greek family with three secluded teenagers who are deceived by their parents into believing of a world that solely exists within the confinements of their perfectly trimmed hedges. Not only is this a practice in the existence of ideology, it’s also an ominous depiction of a world we fear most because it’s both terrifyingly absurd, and potentially genuine.
What didn't occur to me, was that I never stopped to ask myself the question… why? Why are the parents forcing this life of seclusion on their kids with the false promise of eventual enlightenment that will never come? Although at first glance it’s difficult to believe the sincerity director Giorgos Lanthimos…
Ποτέ ξανά η λέξη "πληκτρολόγιο" δεν θα ηχήσει το ίδιο στα αυτιά μου.
See what happens when you contaminate your well ordered household?
An extreme example of controlling parenting?
This world unto itself is fascinating to watch unravel. Not entirely successful, but compelling and will stay with you to ponder for a while.
This contemporary parable puts one family under the microscope as we observe the experimental and damning parenting of one Greek family. Part M. Night Shyamalan's The Village and part depraved domestic drama (think von Trier or Haneke), this film will no doubt disturb, delight and divide whoever dares to see it. The film was championed on Filmspotting upon its U.S. release and I remember them joking about getting t-shirts made that would read something like "I survived Dogtooth." Well, I'm waiting for mine to arrive (medium, please) and my mind is expanded, if not a bit more scarred, as a result.
Que brutalidad de película.
Me resulta difícil explicar todo lo que me hizo sentir. Solo ato a decir que durante mas de la mitad de la película me sentí infinitamente desesperanzada y triste por ellos, solo para terminar cuestionándome que carajos pasa ahí?
La escena cuasi final de la chica en el baño es aterradora. Espero no tener pesadillas :(
Dogtooth is a perfect example of a "controlled social experiment" film done right. The story is unique, the cinematography is beautiful, the acting is excellent and the entire film is entertaining yet meaningful. It will attract a variety of moviegoers as it can fit into multiple film genres, from experimental to dramatic independent. Dogtooth is so good, it's a genre within itself. I am pretty picky when it comes to movies, and Dogtooth is my favourite film of all time.
This weird and often excellent film has been compared to the work of Michael Haneke in it’s dark subject matter and tendency to provoke a strong emotional reaction. To call a film provocative seems to have widely become a criticism when reflecting on films. This shouldn’t be the case. This film, like many of Haneke’s and even Lars Von Trier’s works, is provocative in a brilliant way in that it “shakes” the viewer due to it’s authenticity, NOT due to a manipulative desire to shock. Although not as good as films like Haneke’s “The Seventh Continent” or Von Trier’s “The Idiots”, it counts these films as inspirations alongside the darker nature of human beings - the obsessive desire to protect…
Weil Film ihre Ideen meist über Bilder vermitteln neigen sie dazu, Worten wenig Gewicht zuzumessen. Doogtooth ist ein Film, der Sprache für etwas Bedeutsames hält: Als Idee, als Spiel, als Instrument, die Realität zu Gestalten.
Wir bekommen hier einen Kult in seiner Vollendung gezeigt: Normalerweise funktioniert Indoktrination so, das Realität erst erfasst und dann gewertet wird. Hier wird gleich die Realität selbst verändert. Ludwig Wittgenstein hat gesagt "Die Bedeutung eines Wortes ist sein Gebrauch in der Sprache", und das wird hier in seiner Vollendung gezeigt.
Gleichzeitig geht es hier auch die Macht der Filme. Wir leben in unser beschränkten, kleinen Welt bis uns die Kunst neues zeigt: Neue Welten, neue Worte, neue Bilder. Roger Eberts Betrachtung des Films als Maschine,…
This movie is practically it's own psychology thesis paper or social experiment about parenting. Not for everyone's tastes, the movie is a headtrip that will lead to some discussions. This is the kind of household I imagine the brothers from Funny Games growing up in.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…