Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Dogtooth

This has got to be one of the strangest movies I've ever seen. I'm kind of in shock that it's been nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar at this year's Academy Awards.

The movie is about a family of five who live on a large estate. The parents have never let the children leave the compound. Ever. Plus the parents completely mislead them and give them deliberate misinformation to keep them in the dark. Some make sense to keep control of the children so they won't want to leave like making them completely terrified of cats by telling them that they are the most evil and vicious beast ever.

But others are just bizarre like teaching them that the word zombie means yellow flower. The two daughters and the son range in age from the mid teens to early 20's. Obviously, the children are all just a wee bit messed up and confused. The only contact any of them have with the outside world is a woman who works with the father that he pays to come to the house to have sex with the son.

This outsider clearly has issues of her own and her presence leads to more sexual experimentation and tension and finally some darn courage to see the outside world. Everything about this movie is completely off in a great way. I really can't think of anything I've ever seen quite like it. Some of it reminded me of some of the early Francois Ozon films from the late 90's/early 2000's in its air of sexual freedom/repression/dark comedy aspects. But other than that, the whole thing was completely and utterly original to me. Crazy stuff. A completely memorable and bizarre film. See it.

Watch the trailer to get a feel for what I'm talking about.

Directed by Giorgos Lanthimos and Yorgos Lanthimos
2010
DVD

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

almost watched this via netflix streaming, but figured mary might dig so I held off. I watched Whites of West Virginia instead....wow.

viewer larry

Listmaker said...

wow as in good? or wow as in bad?

would love to get your take on dogtooth.

Anonymous said...

wow good...and wow on the subject matter.

viewer larry

Matt Moline said...

Κυνόδοντας must translate to fucking awesome in greek, because that's what this movie was.

Moline

Listmaker said...

glad you liked it and we don't have to get into a pissing match. 5 stars good?

Matt Moline said...

I did indeed give it 5.

Crispin H. Glover said...

Thanks for the reccomendation. just watched this the other night and loved it. the scene towards the end with the weight and the mirror nearly killed me. a completely unique film. and i second larry's review of the whites of west virginia. mesmerizing and incredible.

Listmaker said...

i want to see it again.