Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
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…
So...Nekromantik is no longer the weirdest movie I've seen this year.
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…
Through manipulation and absurdity, Dogtooth paints the picture of a Greek family with three secluded teenagers who are deceived by their parents into believing of a world that solely exists within the confinements of their perfectly trimmed hedges. Not only is this a practice in the existence of ideology, it’s also an ominous depiction of a world we fear most because it’s both terrifyingly absurd, and potentially genuine.
What didn't occur to me, was that I never stopped to ask myself the question… why? Why are the parents forcing this life of seclusion on their kids with the false promise of eventual enlightenment that will never come? Although at first glance it’s difficult to believe the sincerity director Giorgos Lanthimos…
This weird and often excellent film has been compared to the work of Michael Haneke in it’s dark subject matter and tendency to provoke a strong emotional reaction. To call a film provocative seems to have widely become a criticism when reflecting on films. This shouldn’t be the case. This film, like many of Haneke’s and even Lars Von Trier’s works, is provocative in a brilliant way in that it “shakes” the viewer due to it’s authenticity, NOT due to a manipulative desire to shock. Although not as good as films like Haneke’s “The Seventh Continent” or Von Trier’s “The Idiots”, it counts these films as inspirations alongside the darker nature of human beings - the obsessive desire to protect…
Weil Film ihre Ideen meist über Bilder vermitteln neigen sie dazu, Worten wenig Gewicht zuzumessen. Doogtooth ist ein Film, der Sprache für etwas Bedeutsames hält: Als Idee, als Spiel, als Instrument, die Realität zu Gestalten.
Wir bekommen hier einen Kult in seiner Vollendung gezeigt: Normalerweise funktioniert Indoktrination so, das Realität erst erfasst und dann gewertet wird. Hier wird gleich die Realität selbst verändert. Ludwig Wittgenstein hat gesagt "Die Bedeutung eines Wortes ist sein Gebrauch in der Sprache", und das wird hier in seiner Vollendung gezeigt.
Gleichzeitig geht es hier auch die Macht der Filme. Wir leben in unser beschränkten, kleinen Welt bis uns die Kunst neues zeigt: Neue Welten, neue Worte, neue Bilder. Roger Eberts Betrachtung des Films als Maschine,…
This movie is practically it's own psychology thesis paper or social experiment about parenting. Not for everyone's tastes, the movie is a headtrip that will lead to some discussions. This is the kind of household I imagine the brothers from Funny Games growing up in.
Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet.
Rewatch of this Greek film from 2009 and I have to say it didn't quite floor me as much as the first time round. There's a lot to admire with this, the idea is pretty good in regards with people being fed lies and myths and how far that can go.
Visually the film is quite ugly although I suspect that's an intentional choice and the acting leaves a lot to be desired. If you haven't seen it, it's definitely recommended.
It's necessary to point out this movie isn't nearly as weird as its made out to be. Whether you choose to interpret it as a political allegory or simply a film about a creepy-ass dad who abuses his children, it's not a film that will leave you confused. The father of the family the film centers around is some kind of functional psychopath. He doesn't allow anyone else in the family to leave the house, not his wife or any of their three kids (all close to 18, a boy and two girls). When we see him at work, he seems normal, average. No one would guess the strangeness that exists at his place of residence. No one, that is,…
Weird and abstract, yet somehow interesting at the same time. There's a definite voyeuristic pull of watching this unorthodox family go through their daily lives. But at the same time, it's hard to find any character as likable. I kept thinking a bit about the TV show LOST as I watched some of the strange things going on. In the end, the film just didn't mean enough to me to elevate it above mediocre. But I admire the filmmakers for their bravery and experimentation.
You think you've seen it all until a woman asks her mother to pass her the telephone and she passes her a salt shaker without question. Or when a father tells his children that the cat is the most dangerous creature known to man. Or when a woman decides (regardless of if its actually possible) that she is going to give birth to one boy, one girl, and a dog. Or when... I could go on and on. Dogtooth is one of the most surreal and most stupefying trips I have ever taken.
I've seen people comparing DOGTOOTH to Michael Haneke's movies. Whaaaat? If Haneke made this it would be the exact opposite, where movies like JAWS or ROCKY IV are responsible for social and cultural demise. In his version, the parents would be heroes.
It's as if everyone who ever asked, "What's more important in human development: nature or nurture?" ended up asking this director. And then he said, "Here, let me show you something," and created Dogtooth to leave them speechless. Children are resilient, but it's hard to argue against the sheer force of nurture--and this film speaks to that brilliantly.
It's a remarkable film and very hard to watch at certain points. It's shocking in a variety of ways and unflinching toward its subject matter. The film feels realistic in a way that gives it an even more uncomfortable edge. While it's not something I'd ever want to watch again, I'd say it's valuable for everyone to watch at least once.
Dogtooth is haunting not only for the answers the viewer has by the end of the film, but the weighty questions that it leaves unanswered as well.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- 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…
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).