Movies that are slightly off.
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.
it's 6am and i just finished watching this.... i feel like i just woke up from a nightmare...
i honestly don't know if i hated or loved this? this was a really difficult watch but there were moments of humor in places... albeit very uncomfortable laughs
the sheer lack of autonomy that these 'kids' have, and the degree to which their unwavering trust is abused, is disturbing beyond words
is yorgos lanthimos okay?
A film inspired by Larkin's verse: "They fuck you up, your mum and dad."
Can it be that I've seen not one, but two, masterpieces by the same writer team and director within a weekend?
"Colmillo" es un drama psicológico griego de 2009, dirigido y escrito por Yorgos Lanthimos. La película nos cuenta la historia de una pareja de esposos, con tres hijos adultos, los cuales mantienen aislados del mundo exterior, aprisionándolos en su propia casa, ademas de adoctrinarlos con mentiras y engaños para tenerlos bajo control.
La cinta en lugar de querer contarnos una historia con trasfondo, conflicto o un potencial desenlace, esta nos muestra de manera muy intima el día a día de esta familia, fijándose en especial en las extrañas y a veces controversiales actividades de los tres hermanos. Esta es una de las películas mas perturbadoras que haya visto últimamente, debido a que posee un alto contenido inmoralmente sexual y violento…
Day 230 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 33: Less is More
Dogtooth is, in a word, weird. Weird in a good way that at times delves into dark, dark humour, and uncomfortable ambivalence at others. The best and worst part is, you can never see what's coming, and when you think you can, you're still not ready for it.
A father (Christos Stergioglou) and his family live in a compound removed from society. Here, he and his wife (Michelle Valley) have created a warped and controlled world for their three children. Now adults, the son (Christos Passalis) and two daughters (Angeliki Papoulia and Mary Tsoni) are left believing the outside world is dangerous and go…
Dark. Dangerous. Distant.
Deceptive. Destructive. Demented.
Deprived. Deplorable. Despicable.
Dishonest. Disturbing. Disgusting.
Discordant. Disaffected. Distasteful.
Dogtooth is a bizarre, sometimes haunting film. As far as I can tell, it's an exploration of the abusive and authoritarian nature of parenting. The camerawork is close-in, never exactly claustrophobic, but you feel like a part of this bizarre family, perhaps as one of the home movies they watch for entertainment. It's a singular experience in film and not a movie I'll soon forget.
Dogtooth pushed several of my buttons that I just don't like being pushed, so I found the whole thing unpleasant, uncomfortable and a chore to get through. I went in expecting the dark humour of The Lobster, but I couldn't find any laughs so all I was left with was a dark, dark film. I could see myself appreciating - but not enjoying - this movie more if I had watched this with a different mindframe, but I have little interest in putting myself through all of that again.
However I wouldn't mind rewatching this with someone who finds this movie really funny, simply because I want to observe which moments in this icky film elicit a laugh.
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)
this list could probably go on forever
(there's a lot of cronenberg here)