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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…
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…
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Dogtooth will fuck you up.
And in all of its crazed, rabid, unhinged spirit, is an uncompromisingly genuine film. Dogtooth is a disturbing look into a journey of self exploration, be it through pleasure, entertainment, loss, fear, or curiosity. It's a comedically twisted piece of isolation and humanity, and it is absolutely flooring.
Coming off at times like a parody of Michael Haneke’s work, it’s tough to tell how much of this film is intended as a serious critique of our tendencies to distort worldviews through the teaching and sheltering our children. The movie takes place almost entirely within a carefully controlled, hermetic household, in which the concepts of homeschooling are taken to an extreme, but it itself is a rather haphazardly mix of conflicting tones. The movie turns on a dime from black humor to queasy sexuality to outrageous violence, certainly creating an effective sense of uncertainty, but somewhat effectively obscuring intent. If it is meant to be an applicable allegory, it seems to create characters that are too psychologically extreme and…
It was as intense as a drama, as frightening as a thriller and as perverse as a black comedy.
"Dogtooth" is one of those movies that, after you finish watching them, you just look at yourself in the mirror and clearly identify a horrid expression wondering 'what just happened?' The blunt and emotionless line delivery, the shots one would think did not go through editing and the out-of-ordinary reality presented as a plot all contribute towards creating a fantasy world from which the immersed audience cannot escape. The acting was extraordinarily pale so as to match the tone and the (original) script was elegantly composed, with some minor incidences when inaction seemed to overpower the directing. However, the oxymorons, repetitions and 'fun' dialogues in the writing should be heavily praised.
Final thoughts: I do hope "Dogtooth" has and continues to act as a milestone for Greek cinema that will inspire more directors to produce such works.
This movie is best viewed without reading the summary beforehand.
Looking in on a family that has decided to create their own world for their 'children'. Very interesting to watch, reminds me of Under The Skin.
This is a good movie. Yeah, It’s weird as hell but I was never bored. I’ve seen a couple of these deviant family movies in the last little while. First it was ”Martha Marcy May Marlene” and next came “We are What We Are” and now this. I don’t know if I could recommend this to a broad audience but if you’re tired of superhero movies this is definitely a change of pace. I don’t think I’ll be forgetting it any time soon. I’m giving this a 7 outta 10.
A strange little film which challenges many conventions. Tossing a traditional plot structure out the window, this film instead decides to focus on the systematic socialization of the three "children" of a man who's taken experimental parenting to a whole new extreme. And its ultimate unraveling as it gets questioned by outside influences, nature, and instinct.
While it can come across as nebulous, a lot can be taken away from this. I see parallels between this and the whole idea of child rearing. From religious families, to parents who force their ideologies on children, to the parents who go out of their ways to let their children "pick" their genders.
When it came out, it was marketed as a black…
My Big Fat Greek Messed Up Family.
Dogtooth is a Greek film that is in competition for the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year. When I read that yesterday my eyes almost fell out of my head. This is not the typical Oscar film. Pardon me if my review of this film is weak. It is a difficult movie to discuss and sometime even watch. I did enjoy this movie, but in a twisted way.
Dogtooth centers around a family that lives in an isolated location in Greece. Their home has a large wooden fence around it. The only way in or out is through the main gate. The family consists of a father that drives everyday to a generic…
Feels like it spent a lot of time saying "aren't these weird people weird?" but not doing a lot with it. Mostly just escalating the weirdness. It's pretty, though. And very weird. It also hangs an admirable amount of dong. And some of it is even casual dong. The dong/vag ratio was, like, comparable. I think this is a big step forward for gender equality in cinema.
I guess the big takeaway is "don't home school your kids if you're really, truly weird."
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!