Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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…
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…
Obehaglig med liten gnutta humor. Intressant koncept, kunde kanske utforskats mer, men vet inte om det var syftet.
well, this one confirms it: lanthimos has made the three most thought-provoking movies i've ever seen. i've never felt those kind of feelings before watching his movies.
Still just as weird as the first time I saw it, but still so intriguing. A very unique and peculiar film.
Very unusual yet highly interesting
Haunting look at family's role in development. Tough to watch, but worth the effort!
Well that was fucked up.
(If the concept of this film interests you-read Wittgenstein)
Concept centered films I find a bore. This Matrix is interesting-if you read the back of the movie case, not so much if you sit through it.
Glitchy moments of a matrix in which an autonomous fellow realizes what it is for a vague second- Wittgenstein does this, this film has some moments of similar effect.
In other words, watching movies like this will be the closest one can get from realizing what this matrix that we are a part of is without taking the red pill.
In other, other words this film succeeds as a concept film because the concept is a part of every scene. It is not just the beginning and end with a few action scenes and dialogue EXPLAINING the concept.
I feel, that by not raving about this film, that cleverer people than me will mock me for not seeing through its many levels of satire and allegory.
I'm sure it's a tale of censorship and it's affect on modern society or a story of love in the 21st century. Maybe it's telling us how social media will destroy the human brain.
I don't know, I just want some level of entertainment, driven by great direction. Much like The Lobster.
This isn't the Lobster, you know from the opening scenes that it's won an award somewhere in Europe.
The humour is dark (obviously) and the acting is distant (obviously). Delicatessen delivers both of these with clever performances and a great…
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!