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Dogtooth

(DVD - 2011 - Greek, Modern (1453-))
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Dogtooth
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A darkly surreal look at three teenagers confined to an isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen by their parents - an alternately hilarious and nightmarish experiment of manipulation and oppression.
Publisher: New York : Kino International, [2011]
Edition: Widescreen format.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Dec 11, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When it comes to raising children, director Giorgos Lanthimos takes the whole “nature vs nurture” debate and turns it upside down in this scathingly dark satire which wowed the judges at Cannes. In a beautifully appointed country home, more of a gated compound actually, a well-to-do factory worker and his wife are holed up with three adult children, none of whom have ever been beyond the front yard. Determined to protect their brood from worldly evils the couple have kept them under tight psychological control through elaborate lies and false information—-apparently man-eating cats lie in wait beyond the house’s perimeter (a terrible fate which mom and dad claim befell a fictitious younger son), the airplanes that fly overhead are actually toys which occasionally fall into the garden, and mom can give birth to dogs and baby brothers at will. Furthermore, any new words which fall outside the siblings’ frame of reference are assigned more familiar definitions, thus “the sea” refers to the big leather armchair in the den, and a salt shaker is called a “telephone”. Wholly ignorant of the world which exists past the giant hedge the three kids, approaching their 20s, while away the hours playing destructive games, watching tedious home movies, and listening to highly sanitized school lessons played on a tape recorder. But when dad starts paying a female security guard to satisfy his son’s carnal needs the woman introduces the boy and his two sisters to some dangerous influences (like Hollywood films and oral sex), thus planting a small seed of rebellion in the older sister’s mind… Filmed in dispassionate wide angles which occasionally cut off people’s heads, and with a mundane script delivered in cold monotones, Dogtooth is a study in depersonalization and modern paranoia. This is a generic nuclear family (Christina the security guard is the only character with a name) in which the parents’ natural instinct to safeguard their offspring has been perverted beyond recognition leading to some psychological fallout both humorous and jarring. And as the big bad world continues to creep into their sheltered existence, the three young adults experience a breakdown in the social order which mom and dad have so rigidly maintained through the years. I suppose one could see allusions to the dangers of fascism in this dark family drama but its reach is not quite ambitious enough to make that leap. Instead we’re treated to an uncomfortable family psychodrama fascinating in its premise and shocking in its delivery—-this is definitely not a movie for the squeamish and easily offended. Still not quite enough to make Michel Haneke blush.

Aug 24, 2014
  • pol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A truly original, shocking and terrifyingly possible horror film without any of the genre conventions. But this is indeed a horror movie in the worst sense, its completely plausible.

Apr 29, 2014
  • AmyEighttrack rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

skip this one. very messed up dysfunctional family story, supposed to be funny or arty?

Well, the library does carry some porn...disturbing movie with cinematic characteristics.

Jun 16, 2012
  • elsiecat rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Unrelentingly grim - and this is from someone who likes dark arty films. The quote on the cover "hilarious" led me to believe it was a black comedy. Its not. A family endures a hellish existence under the total control of the father.

Jun 13, 2012
  • ausnos rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The animal abuse (a cat gets brutally killed) tremendously dropped the score here for me. If it weren't for that I would probably give it a bit higher but it's not the type of film that I would recommend to anyone, let alone remember. There were so many bad scenes and no plot whatsoever. Was there even a plot or story? I was very confused whilst watching it. It seemed like there were just many disturbing scenes smashed together to make one highly messed up film.

Jun 04, 2012
  • Megmac12 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We need more of this from cinema. Make films that we've never quite seen before. Just great ideas bringing this to life from this director. 4/5

Jan 28, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was an extremely original film. I was entertained throughout. I can see how this film wouldn't be for everyone. Extremely bizarre and extremely graphic. The sex and nudity in this movie are extremely graphic. Full frontal male and female nudity and, from what I could tell, actual penetration. There are also a few scenes of extreme violence. Beyond those facts is a very interesting, and at times very funny, film. I recommend it for anyone who likes strange, dark comedy and does not mind graphic sex and violence.

Jan 11, 2012
  • gemini07 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I found this to be a very disturbingly dark and bizarre movie. There was nothing "alternately hilarious" in it. I would not recommend this to anyone.

Oct 14, 2011
  • jlazcan rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is one crazy movie. It is disturbing in some scenes. It follows a Greek family that makes the Tenenbaums look functional. The father wants to protect his grown children from the cruel world through isolation, but it is the isolation that seems to corrupt them. Some of the scenes are funny, but it is dark humor. I am impressed that this kind of movie could be made. It is by far the darkest comedy I have ever seen.

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Jun 13, 2012
  • ausnos rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: I don't want to ruin the surprise but there are a lot.

Jun 13, 2012
  • ausnos rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Incest. Intercourse. Sex videos. Male and female naked anatomy shown.

Jun 13, 2012
  • ausnos rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Various harms done to another. An animal gets attacked and killed.

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Jun 13, 2012
  • ausnos rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

ausnos thinks this title is suitable for 19 years and over

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