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…
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…
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…
Part of Non-English Films To Watch
I'm still not completely sure whether I liked this. I do know I've never seen anything remotely like it.
Dogtooth is about two parents who keep their children completely separated from the outside world, creating their own strange universe in a very secluded house. A universe in which zombies are yellow flowers, the sea is a chair, and a cat is a violent monster who will completely devour anyone if they ever leave the premises. So they must bark regularly and never even dare to take one step outside the garden.
I guess what this reminded me of a little was Plato's cave, in the sense that we will look at this family and…
This film is a meditation on how are reality is formed. The truth is that we only know what others tell us and anyone can live in the dark. Watch out for cats.
Can't quite put my finger on why I haven't really thought about this much since I watched it. It seems like the type of movie I should love, and want to discuss, yet I can barely manage to write a few words about it. Still, it's a very solid film, and I feel that a re-watch is due in the near future.
Sometimes I find it frustrating when I don't know what a director is trying to say behind their film.
On the other hand, what's even more frustrating is when the message is so incredibly conspicuous, that the film doubles as an insult to the viewer's intelligence.
Perhaps the director is fully aware of the comical dog metaphors, of the unusually meaningful portraits and posters in the background—and maybe even the unappealing, low-contrast aesthetic of the film. Maybe he knew that the film would turn out exactly like this.
I tried to look past all of these things, but I still didn't like what remained of it. This is the first film where I think the total number of sex scenes is way too much. (And I've seen Kids.) A very, very long 94 minutes.
I love disturbing movies, so obviously I loved this movie. I stayed up way past my bedtime AND read subtitles just to find out what happened to the family at the end, and when the ambiguous ending came around, I wasn't even mad! If you are at all a fan of twisted, dark, psychological thriller-type movies that aren't necessarily gory or violent, I highly recommend Dogtooth. You can find it on Netflix instant.
Also, just a note for the diary, Dogtooth is the first Greek film I've seen!
La verdad es que no me pareció tan fuerte o perturbadora como a muchos, no dejó un mal efecto en mi mente como yo esperaba que lo hiciera. Aunque admito que es más loca que la verga pero quizás como entendía más o menos de que iba todo me adapte rápido. La idea me gustó, (en el raro sentido de la palabra) y no quiero sonar loco pero me pareció muy familiar. Y otra cosa, visualmente es bella.
Dogtooth offers a distinct strangeness that is by turns amusing and unnerving, but gives us nothing more.
Είμαι περήφανη. Και για να λέμε και του στραβού το δίκιο, δεν έχει και άδικο ο Λάνθιμος. Συμφωνώ απόλυτα.
Interesting movie with some good naturalistic performances and a nice look that ultimately left me cold. I just didn’t buy that the people raised in that environment would behave like that. All the quirks seemed so arbitrary and born of a writer's imagination rather than human nature.
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