my favorites that i love primarily because of visuals (colors, symmetry, overall cinematography) regardless of plot, characters and anything else…
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.
the most fucked up part of this movie was when the dad just straight up drank milk out of a glass
One big WTF after another. But it kept me guessing.
Under the obscurity of this film there were some humorous moments, some tragic moments and unsettling performances.
Watched this because I loved The Lobster (sidenote: this is NOTHING like The Lobster).
a lot of uncomfortable licking
The children... didn't even have names. The extent of the abuse was so shocking. Who could do that to their kids? Not sure why this is described as "darkly funny" because I didn't laugh a single time. This is absolutely horrifying. I really can't even believe what I just watched. After this film and Fat Girl I think I need to take a break from foreign language films for a really long time.
An obsessed father who wouldn't budge, a modern world with so many temptations and three curious teenagers who just want to explore more. In a forsaken place, a businessman keeps his children unaware of the outside world, proposing it as quarantine, out of reach to his children, but only till their dogtooth falls out. This unorthodox story is definitely not for everyone. And for those who have an aversion to normal, this just might make it to your personal top 10.
An insane, wonderfully absurd and, ironic film.
Jotted down during/after Dogtooth
Feels this time like The Royal Tennanbaums by way of The White Ribbon. Of course, anyone who's appreciation of Dogtooth is colored by a culture of cinephiles will say something to this effect, even without using these two references. Maybe not so much Wes Anderson's Tennanbaums or anything else as invigorating in it's director's control of his tone. But from this and The Lobster, I can see this director isn't interested in using vintage pop music to buide us through a scene or montage. His compositions have a plain, straightforwardness that links his style closer to Haneke than the classic Kubrick films that have, to some measurable degree informed . But the clinical touch of a…
i don't even know what is my norm anymore.
Weird ass movie. I like his work in The Lobster better but it was worth the watch. The sci fi social commentary on family units was interesting.
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