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…
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…
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…
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…
This one is a tough review to write for me.
The movie had a very unique sense of style considering I knew WHAT exactly was going on and what they were trying to tell me, but I was equally confused as to WHY.
The message here seems to be pretty clear. In today's society, the world outside our homes is becoming more and more dangerous and unexplainable. This has caused this new generation of parents to be extra precautious when it comes to what they want their kid to be exposed to. The film exposes the dangers of home schooling and sheltering when its taken to a reclusive rather than open minded level. While the stunted emotional, mental, and sexual…
Ugh. I’m really mad at myself for watching this again against my better judgment. My estimation of this film slightly grew with this re-watch, but not by much. I wasn't as freaked out, surprised, or disgusted this time around because I knew what to expect, so I settled into it a bit and noticed things I missed last time.
It kind of reminded me of a Wes Anderson film, if Wes Anderson's work lost all of its heart and humor. There is the same deadpan delivery of lines, perfectly framed shots, and stunning cinematography. However, Dogtooth is the complete opposite of everything I want to see in a…
"Dogtooth” is a bizarre fantasy that takes the concept of home schooling to squirmy extremes. Some home schoolers try to limit what their children can learn, and others attempt to broaden it. The parents in “Dogtooth” have passed far beyond such categories, into the realms of home psychopathology.
No name is given for the family or any of its members. These involve a father, a mother, a brother and two sisters. They live in a large, affluent home behind a very high wall and a gate, which is always locked. Only the father ever leaves, driving to the factory he owns.
The others are prisoners, the mother apparently by choice. There is a large lawn and a swimming pool. The…
Dogtooth is the best kind of weird.
Giorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth is a film about three young adults who are sheltered from outside world by their abusive parents. It's a dark and surreal experience and one that I wont stop thinking about for a while.
From early in the film we see the bleakness of the teens lives and their childlike innocence as a boy has sex (which he doesn’t fully understand) in an almost grey room with only a bed. We see a shot of his partner's hand clinging on to the headboard that's covered in childlike stickers, given to him for doing something that his abusive parents approve of, as they have their weird disjointed sex. It's shots like this that highlight how disconnected from the…
While I can see why critics praise it, it was too experimental and strange too click for me. Of course I don't like abstract art either.
DOGTOOTH is distinctive. Giorgio Lanthimos manipulates philosophy about human submissiveness to 'otherworldly rules' into a small but effective analogy of a nameless dysfunctional family. The result is somewhat heavy, calm-water-like film that pushes thoughts in its every second.
A strange Greek drama, this film is a bizarre excursion into the world of ‘control’ and ‘manipulation’. The film starts with a tape that says ‘sea’ means an armchair, and before we recover from that initial doubt, more strange things start flooding in, and we gradually know what we are seeing – three teenagers trapped under extremely controlling parents in an isolated villa in the mountains. The only person in the family allowed to leave the premises is the father, who manages a nearby factory, and gets supplies on a weekly basis. The only outsider allowed inside is Christina, a factory security person who comes to relieve the son of his sexual urges. Gradually, we can see curiosity getting better…
"A cunt is a large lamp."
Revisited and completed in a better frame of mind. Still feel there's a lot of playfulness-for-its-own-sake, but I did find some of the stylistic curiosities that charmed so many others more intriguing this time through.
An extremely weird, provocative satire on parental overprotection and alienation. However intriguing the premise is, it can't blossom under the terminally flat staging and the disconnected editing. The whole enterprise feels less like a movie than a series of deadpan vignettes struck together.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- 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…
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).