Kynodontas

Kynodontas

Dogtooth

DVD - 2011 | Greek, Modern (1453-)
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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 version.
Branch Call Number: GRE DVD FEATURE DOG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Dogtooth

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ms_mustard
Jun 12, 2017

I liked The Lobster but not this one - definitely not hilarious.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 15, 2017

An art-house piece from Greece, about a dysfunctional family at its extremes. Funny at times, it is worth a look for people who enjoy unconventional cinema. Subtitles.

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hammer59
Oct 29, 2016

Sick and twisted. Nothing at all like "Lobster"...which was clever and interesting.

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11Keisha
Sep 08, 2016

this movie has explicit sexual content and care should be taken not to be viewed by minors

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Jonathonrw
Jun 14, 2016

Genius, with all redeeming qualities! See "The Lobster" in theaters now! Same director!

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uncommonreader
Sep 08, 2015

Pretentious, with no redeeming qualities.

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Nursebob
Dec 11, 2014

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.

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pl8
Aug 24, 2014

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.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 07, 2014

And you thought your family was weird. This Greek Oscar-nominated film is certainly one of the strangest I've seen in a long time. The plot, such as it is, involves a singular family who live in relative isolation from the rest of the world and have their own vocabulary. If you're uncomfortable with icky sex and abusive parents, then you might want to skip this one. For connoisseur's of odd cinema, this is an interesting, if unpleasant experience. David Lynch fans might enjoy this.

CatherineTaormina Apr 03, 2014

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

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 15, 2017

Sexual Content: Nudity and sexual situations.

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ausnos
Jun 13, 2012

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

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ausnos
Jun 13, 2012

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

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ausnos
Jun 13, 2012

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

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ausnos
Jun 13, 2012

ausnos thinks this title is suitable for 19 years and over

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