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.
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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…
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…
Performances : 7/10
Story : 7.5/10
Production : 7.4/10
Overall : 7.3/10
Well, uh...I mean...it was, you know...interesting? For a movie that had me yelling "That is SO fucked up!" at the screen every other scene, I was surprisingly happy with the full piece of work. All content aside, it was shot very well, apparently using only one lens the entire time. The scenery was beautiful and yet, knowing what we know as an audience, it was darker than most movies, despite being shot almost entirely in daylight.
As far as the story goes I'm still dwelling on the events that happened. This was some seriously, seriously fucked up stuff. I guess what makes it hit home the most is…
Oh for God's sake, if Haneke knew this is what his imitators would one day create, he'd have never left the theatre.
A film in a league of it's own. Chronicling a patriarchal "family" that has created it's own world & identity it is amusing to see how their every day activities and perceptions of life have been altered to do to false information. A great dark comedy- a purely bizarre film but I love it.
Knew nothing about this going in. I liked it.
Though, I enjoyed it for some of the same reasons I liked watching “Blank Check” as a kid.
Because the film succeeds in pulling off its bizarre premise I was able to (somewhat guiltily) enjoy the what-if-ness of "Dogtooth".
So yeah, I might be saying it’s like “Blank Check” for sociopaths.
If you haven't heard of this movie, don't read anything about it. Stop reading this right now.
I had only seen one Greek movie before, which was Miss Violence. Miss Violence, as a matter of fact, enters the hall of " great movies I'll never watch again", alongside Dear Zachary, The Son's Room and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.
While Dogtooth is a little more "simple" and less impactful than Miss Violence, is still a very raw and bizarre movie about family rights.
The movie doesn't shy from tackling every theme it can. This goes from parent's abuse to incest. Lanthimos also doesn't shy away, and shows every disturbing scene to the spectator, always with his camera steady.
And I'm pretty confident that, had Dogtooth not been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, people would see it as a simple perverted movie.
It's fun for the whole family!
This film is so outrageous that it doesn't fall into the normal rating scale. The movie is about some greek parents that thought it'd be cool to make their kids live through the truman show
One of the most disturbing and thought-provoking films I've seen to date. I'm left too dumbfounded to write a sufficiently comprehensive review on this one, as many its events and themes were beyond my comprehension on first viewing. Upon immediate reflection, however, many of the events seem darkly comical; four adults on their hands and knees 'woofing' at at the apparent danger of a nearby cat? Check. Is this all entirely relevant in contemporary society? It's difficult to immediately say, yet I still came away from this one successfully disturbed and confused by the film's propositions and critiques.
What stood out to me throughout the film was the consistent still cinematography, which appears as though we are viewing the events…
"do you know what dad will do if he finds out i lick your keyboard?"
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…