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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…
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…
I don't really have any clue as to how to properly review this movie, nor can I explicitly explain such a high rating. I will however give some brief thoughts:
- The world construction is remarkable.
- The rules that are established are never broken.
- The amount of detail and thoroughness to these rules is impressive.
- You really have no idea what to expect next, or at all for that matter.
- Just imagine yourself if you lived such a life.
- I never knew if I should laugh or be appalled.
- That confusion between the two occurs constantly.
- I think that this is a fantastic…
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…
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Upon sitting down to watch this film, I had no idea what I was in for. Whether luckily or unluckily, I found out within the first five minutes of the film that it would be best to throw all expectations out the window. Director Lorgos Lanthimos delves unapologetically into a world where nudity is explicit yet unsexy and grown children bark like dogs.
WOW. It's not often that a film leaves me speechless, but that is certainly the case for Dogtooth. I don't think I've seen a more challenging or disturbing film in a really long time (films like 'The Tin Drum' or anything by Haneke come close). Yorgos Lanthimos has created a film that is not only engaging in every sense of the word, but is also visually impeccable. Admittedly, some of the themes make it a difficult watch, but it's a rewarding one that I will no doubt be thinking about constantly in the coming days.
Dogtooth doesn't have a plot you can read in a traditional sense. It doesn't follow any conventions or fall within the bounds of any genre. It plays by its own rules, uncoiling casually until it's good and ready to strike. That, and the bluntness of its content, is what makes Giorgos Lanthimos' picture a suspenseful, gripping experience.
It's not wholly unique, though. Art house movies are different from the mainstream but alike in their own ways. The story in Dogtooth may not look like any other story, but stylistically, it's stark in ways that so many other art house movies are. And in hindsight, even it's shocks are shocking in a routine way. Yes, the movie's sex scenes are explicit…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos bizzare as hell dark comedy about a father and mother who filter their children's view of the world by keeping them trapped in their home/compound through "alternative" education, fear and manipulation is one of the most unique experiences I've seen on screen in years. A graphic view on the limits of control. Censorship from the dangers of society gone incredibly psychotic. Can't wait to see more from this director. Zombies are tiny, yellow flowers.
This is, without a doubt, the most bizarre film I have ever seen. That being said, the absolute weirdness of this film completely drew me in, forcing me to pay attention to every detail as I tried to gain an understanding of what the heck was going on. I'm really at a loss for words about how to describe the experience I had as a viewer.
What I really enjoyed about this film is that the viewer was truly just a viewer. Absolutely no contextual clues were given throughout the entire film. The reasons for the strangeness that occurs are unknown, and thus leave the viewer utterly clueless. I found that many times I was saying to myself, "what on…
Wow, this film really could be classified as a horror film in a way. Not your typical jump scare ghost story or slasher flick in any way but downright disturbing as all hell. The story follows a family in captivity essentially, with the parents taking overbearing to the extreme. Really exploring some of the dangers and possible outcomes of sheltering your children too much from the outside world. These poor kids are kept separate to the point that they never leave the yard of the house and are given daily lessons from their parents and told things like, the word "sea" means an armchair and a "Zombie" is a little yellow flower. Things really start unraveling when the girl that…
Not as big a fan of this as I was a few years ago and not nearly as shocking or exciting as it was the first time. Still has some great moments and an expertly crafted mood.