my favorites that i love primarily because of visuals (colors, symmetry, overall cinematography) regardless of plot, characters and anything else…
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.
Part of Hoop-Tober
“What should we call this game?” “I don’t know.”
As Tolstoy observed, each happy family is alike, while each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Which is simply another way of saying that all families are different, since any group of people forcibly assembled is bound to be visited by some unhappiness. Power dynamics, personality conflict, even random chance bring with them discord and disharmony. How to weather the storm—that is the question.
It’s a question parents must ask themselves daily. The parental mandate to serve and protect, with its disturbing authoritarian overtones, is fraught with difficulty. One must shield her children from harm while also preparing them to face that harm as self-sufficient adults.…
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…
I like movies that feel like your watching a dream.
Something familiar, yet doesn't feel right. As if your in a different state of reality with only a few minor changes that don't seem like much, but mean a lot as far as the way we think goes.
I also like feeling incredibly uncomfortable watching movies that depict these types of realities with unflinching amounts of disturbing themes and imagery. So yay me!
"Dogtooth" is a odd movie, but not that complicated of one that it makes it hard to pick up on ideas lying underneath what's already presented towards the viewers.
It's about a family that are isolated from the rest of the world, expect for the father who…
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…
Seventeenth watch of March around the World: Greece. Audiences have been granted numerous films depicting bad forms of parenting, but Lanthumos’ entry Dogtooth is a true exercise in extending the concept’s boundaries, doing so into deeply disturbing, yet somewhat hilarious terrain: ”the cat is the most feared animal there is!" Communicating the rules of his horror comedy fantasy game to the viewer is done through characters’ actions and sharp depiction thereof; indirect delineation through dialogue is kept to an absolute minimum. It turns the whole episode into a worrying voyeuristic experience. Satisfying on the one hand, but as perverse as the examination on screen itself on the other. In the end, however, the goal justifies its means for Dogtooth is so mesmerising that one can impossibly shut his eyes away, wondering what bizarre event they might miss if they do. Absolutely unforgettable, but leaving the ultimate question - why? - unanswered does stain its overall execution slightly.
Another really good one from Yorgos Lanthimos. This was the second of his films I've seen, after this year's The Lobster. They were about equal in my eyes, with this one maybe having a slight edge. It took a little bit for me to get into it, but when I did, I was in for the long run. This movie is both scary and funny, although the ending did leave a little to be desired.
this movie is so messed up but i still manage to be enchanted by it. you can see how people can live their lives based on how they were raised by their parents.
that scene of the cat made me cry :(
After loving The Lobster, I decided to watch one of Yorgos's earlier films. I found it to be so captivating, even when I wanted to look away.. You really get such a great insight into these people's lives and develop such attachment.
We need to star a support group for this man. How did he write this? Disturbing.
[Major edit: I now find the film pretty hilarious at times.] Dogtooth is fantastic. Even better the second time. I think it also wins the award of being the first film to make me look away from a scene of violence (and let out a gasp at the same time).
An interesting concept and definitely a strong and well made film but Dogtooth feels like a series of photographs documenting the most boring family in the world. Even with a film that feels detached in the way that Bresson, Haneke or Tarr directs there's something there to still keep you focused and interested, whereas Dogtooth is just... Dogtooth,
It's not a bad film at all: it's just bloody boring
Yorgos Lanthimos seems to have a thing for really uncomfortable bathroom scenes.
So good it's almost a crime.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
A few SCFZ members (me included!) expressed some dissatisfaction with the BBC's "21st Century's 100 Greatest Films" list. So we…