This is how I would introduce a newcomer to foreign classics, from most accessible to least accessible. I'm still a…
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.
Part of Hoop-Tober
“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…
I like movies that feel like your watching a dream.
Something familiar, yet doesn't feel right. As if your in a different state of reality with only a few minor changes that don't seem like much, but mean a lot as far as the way we think goes.
I also like feeling incredibly uncomfortable watching movies that depict these types of realities with unflinching amounts of disturbing themes and imagery. So yay me!
"Dogtooth" is a odd movie, but not that complicated of one that it makes it hard to pick up on ideas lying underneath what's already presented towards the viewers.
It's about a family that are isolated from the rest of the world, expect for the father who…
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.
lexically satirical. mundane in all the right places.
Dogtooth is an attempt at visualizing oppression, at putting repression into cinematic form, down to the construction of space and sound and even color, down to the narrative that includes a frustrating conclusion. The very film feels claustrophobic and tight, repulsive, in its clean beige medium shots. You won't find close-ups or detail shots and the camera rarely gives wide shots; these shots are usually stationary and long, reminding me of the restricted movement of American Beauty which visualized a suburban oppression; the acting is stiff and awkward; the scenes are stuffy and all dialogue is written awkwardly; colors are muted; the film is an exercise in brutal emotional BDSM. I'm reminded of another Greek filmmaker, Panos Cosmatos, whose Beyond…
It this how Mormons live
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It reminds me a lot like Wolfpack in a way that the kids in this are confined to their house and are forced to put a blindfold in order to go anywhere. Their relationships with one another are unique. They definitely explore their own sexual preferences throughout the film. I do love the cinematography. A new fan of Yorgos Lanthimos's satires. There's a lot more to explore beyond what's presented. Overall, a great film. Sometimes slow, but some shocking moments come here and there. It gives the viewer an interesting perspective on life. I would watch this again.
Also pretty dope
Idk how I feel about this film... It's good and I like it but also what
I bet Yorgos Lanthimos's diet consists of nothing but skim milk and bath salts.
We are a reflection of the world around us.
Mom! I've found two little zombies.
Step One: Go to www.random.org.
Step Two: Pick a Number.
Step Three: GET WEIRD!
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…