Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
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.
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“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…
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.
I haven't seen a movie as emotionally disturbing as this since I saw The Seventh Continent by Michael Haneke. That movie took days for me to not think about constantly. To not react to with my whole body. Dogtooth on the other hand have a lighter tone to it. It gets quite tragic-comical, and that felt as a good thing, not really wanting another Seventh Continent-experience.
Just as in The Seventh Continent we also have a family in Dogtooth with very monotone and controlled reactions. But the house which they live in, in which they're prisoners in, is like a pressure chamber. The distorted worldview presented to the children by their parents, have left them without basic references and basic…
This watch was purely MIFF prep as tonight will be the start of my schedule with Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster". And boy, am I looking forward to experiencing extreme discomfort with my mates if "The Lobster" is in any way similar to "Dogtooth".
"Dogtooth" is the kind of film where the narrative is let down by the brief plot synopses floating around on IMDB, even letterboxd for that matter. Honing in on the single details of the father's lies to his family is irrelevant. You should be able to go into this blind, maybe knowing that the family believes they are unable to leave their property is enough.
For a film that is in so many ways confronting and violent…
Dente Canino é um filme fora do que pode ser classificado como convencional (se considerarmos isto o fato de ser algo totalmente diferente dos moldes hollywoodianos).Começa deixando o espectador curioso com uma série de fatos colocados (aparentemente) de maneira aleatória, e aos poucos substitui a curiosidade por um sentimento de angústia pelos protagonistas, que inclusive são interpretados de forma bastante convincente!
A cor branca bastante recorrente, além de servir para ressaltar a pureza, que é uma característica importante na construção dos personagens, reforça a sensação de vazio, prisão e regime autoritário do ambiente onde quase todo o filme se passa. Ambiente que inclusive é uma alegoria a um jardim do Éden, só que cercado por muro de todos os lados.…
One of the more disturbing but thought-provoking films I've ever seen. It kind of reminds me of Bad Boy Bubby, but a lot less lighthearted.
La fui a ver al cine, y ahora que quiero ir a ver "Alps" la he repasado.
Impactante, cruda, insana, virulenta, repulsiva... pero sobre todo diferente.
Te va abriendo los ojos poco a poco hasta que te da una hostia que te cruza la cara. Te puede gustar o no, pero no te dejara indiferente.
One of the best black comedies I've seen in recent years. It's such a bizarre and strange film that also has a lot of depth to it that's fascinating as it is funny. I laughed a lot at this film. The satire is hilarious and the way director Yorgos Lanthimos shoots and frames this film, only adds to the strange behavior happening on screen which I found pretty funny. However, at the same time, it's also disturbing. Some scenes are hard to watch and you see how isolated these characters are. That balance I thought was spot on.
And while the film certainly hits on ideas overbearing parents that isolate their children to "protect them", however, I think the film…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The film shows us this bizarre family right at their tipping point. The maturing children are beginning to doubt, to question. It is, of course, the son’s sexual awareness that brings in the outsider, and is therefore the catalyst for the final catastrophe. But it is the elder daughter’s plight that we most connect with. She has grown impatient and longs to know what lies beyond the property-enclosing fence.
Revealed with a sort of clinical detachment, the film doesn’t judge these people or events. It presents its own stark reality and allows us to laugh or cringe however a particular scene strikes us. Dogtooth is truly unique, dark, and disturbing, told with the abject realism only found in foreign and indie films. It may not be horror, but anyone interested in the more subtle terrors of the human mind will find much to like with this one.
Life is one long insane trip. A family confined to their bizarre world and outlook of life. Control, cruel games and peculiar educational methods. Executed by parents aiming to create humans unfit for society.
Yorgos Lanthimos, writer/director of this unusual greek tragedy, tells us that "Dogtooth" is about a father who would go to extremes to protect his family, and who would try to keep his family together forever. A story apparently unaffected by the Josef Fritzl drama.
"Dogtooth" is an exceptionally talented, well-acted and authentic film. It cuts like a knife. The story is well-balanced, dramaturgically flawless and uncomfortably accurate. Occasionally it feels like it copies/adopts/ imitates other films and their auteurs a bit unruly. A lot of times it makes me into a voyeur. ευθυμία Ελλάδα!
Didn't grip me. Self-consciously arty shock-jock.
It is certainly a slow and almost claustrophobic film, but the complete bizarre nature of the story and the almost insane ways this father protects his children makes for an engaging watch. A well-shot, well-written film that I'm surprised managed to get made. Certainly wouldn't go down well for an American audience!
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!