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…
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…
Performances : 7/10
Story : 7.5/10
Production : 7.4/10
Overall : 7.3/10
Well, uh...I mean...it was, you know...interesting? For a movie that had me yelling "That is SO fucked up!" at the screen every other scene, I was surprisingly happy with the full piece of work. All content aside, it was shot very well, apparently using only one lens the entire time. The scenery was beautiful and yet, knowing what we know as an audience, it was darker than most movies, despite being shot almost entirely in daylight.
As far as the story goes I'm still dwelling on the events that happened. This was some seriously, seriously fucked up stuff. I guess what makes it hit home the most is…
March Around The World 2015 #1
It's rare to come across a film as unique as Dogtooth, a film from Greece that tore up the festival circuit back in 2009, eventually leading to an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It's a bizarre experience that I will not be able to shake, even though I may want to.
Dogtooth focuses on a family, two daughters, a son, and two parents, who push obedience and control to the extreme. These parents have isolated their children from the outside world, living in an opulent house with a large yard and pool, surrounded by a high walls and a locked gate. Only the father leaves, with the children imprisoned, having no…
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The film is gory in parts, but it is in no way just for the sake of it: it's all relevant. It reminded me of Lars Von Trier's The Idiots. This movie has been firmly planted onto my psyche and I await its general release so I can go see it again. Of course there will be people who won't like the movie due to its sometimes extreme scenes: if this is the case and you're a little bit squeamish, then stay away. The urge for me to keep associating this film with those of Lars Von Trier's is hard for me to abate, and another connection could be made with Antichrist: if you liked Antichrist, I think you will immensely love this; if you found Antichrist hard to stomach then it's probably best not to view this: I doubt you'll appreciate its beauty through its intense harshness.
Something about this film made me really disturb by the ending but it still an great movie.
Strange, strange movie that unfolds slowly, straightforwardly, and hypnotically. I guess it's not "easy," but if you stick with it, you'll really be rewarded.
Wonderfully off-putting, absurd, and blunt. DOGTOOTH is a fearless Greek film about a family that kept its children isolated on an estate, brainwashed to fundamentally misunderstand practically everything. We meet them as young adults - sexually mature, and curiously experimental. As such, this is a film as much obsessed with the effect an absence of group socialization has on development as it is with emotional maturation in a closed circuit. In both concepts, the outlook is bleak. DOGTOOTH expresses concerns towards its victims, but like a Michael Haneke film, it doesn't offer an easy window into understanding the motivations of the parents. We're meant to observe the strange, alien ways in which these people behave, and then assess them in…
This is a very strange and unsettling Greek film about three grown siblings who have been sheltered from the outside world by their parents their whole lives leading to some very strange family dynamics. This is a very dark piece of psychological drama that is not afraid to go to some very twisted places in a very underplayed style.
The cinematography in this film adds to this sense of unease, the camera never moves, every shot is from a fixed angle and often crops out the heads of the actors. There is also no score, and only occasional diegetic music, the sense of silence adds to the weird ambiance.
Overall, this is a bizarre, somewhat disturbing film and quite singularly strange. Definitely worth a watch.
Really bizarre and all kinds of nutty but eerily intriguing in a way.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!