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Dogtooth [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis
  • Directors: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Greek
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Verve Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BKQQ3G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,360 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Winner of Un Certain regard at Cannes A mother and father, desperate to shelter their three children from the outside world, create a self styled utopia inside the walls of their secluded compound. The three children have never ventured outside and spend their days being educated and entertained within the limits of a strict and suppressive system concocted by their father. So far removed are they from the real world, they have their own vocabulary and believe cats to be dangerous wild man eating predators, aeroplanes flying overhead to be toys and small yellow flowers to be zombies. When the father invites a trusted outsider into their home to service his son's sexual urges, the domestic balance is disturbed and the protective bubble surrounding their lives soon implodes.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 28 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
Dysfunctional families,Greek-style,or a film-metaphor for the ties by which parents hold their children in place.The stronger the ties the more painful the break.This creepy domestic drama films perversity as if it was normality. Consisting of Father,Mother,Daughter(younger),Daughter(older) and Son.Trained by their parents as if they were dogs,they can only leave when they lose their dogteeth.The parents subject the children to arbitrary exercises,competitions and behavioural codes to reinforce the bubble in which they live,sealed as it is off from external reality. Denied the basics of socialisation and education,impounded since birth within the fences of their property,the grown-up children remain infantilised by the indoctrination of words referring to external phenomena(sea,motorway,zombie) being made to signify familiar domestic objects. Father purchases household provision(removing any labels)and checks on the progress of his new dog at obedienceschool. The children believe that planes flying overhead are just toys,that the fish for their supper come from the swimming pool,that their new pet dog will be born from Mother's belly,that Frank Sinatra's'Fly Me To The Moon' is the voice of their late grandfather,and that just stepping outside the perimeter fence can lead to danger and death.They have barking exercises in the garden on all fours.

Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the über-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission.Father is the only family member who can leave the manicured lawns of their self-inflicted exile, earning their keep by managing a nearby factory, while the only outsider allowed on the premises is his colleague Christina, who is paid to relieve the son of his male urges.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jr on 12 Oct 2012
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I have something to confess; I am a sucker for a good tagline. When I heard of Dogtooth, a film about Greek parents who keep their children isolated from reality and teach them the wrong meanings of words, I was intrigued. I am also a sucker for a good story, and this is unfortunately where I thought the film fell apart.

The majority of my 800+ dvd collection consists of foreign and art-house movies. I am used to (and enjoy) non-linear storytelling, the breaking of convention, measured pacing. Although relatively short, Dogtooth seems far longer. There is barely any forward momentum, and for the most part it plays like a series of surreal and disjointed sketches that might have worked better on their own. There are occasional moments of (absurd) humour, but emotionally there is little else; for a movie with such an interesting premise, there is astonishingly no suspense or tension, no conflict. As Dogtooth ostensibly concerns itself with the vagaries of language, you can't help but feel there were missed opportunities in the script. The children are too ethereal to be real and relatable and I found myself not caring what happened to them. This was part of a much wider problem; the mood of the film was one of almost overwhelming apathy. We all know that stylistically restraint is good, but Dogtooth verged on the aloof and bored.

That's not to say the film isn't without meaning; it is. The isolation and manufactured lexicon the children have forced upon them seems to suggest how language structures and defines reality. Several times I was reminded of religious fundamentalists and how they use similar devices to condition and bully their young into a belief system.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By dipesh parmar on 12 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
Certainly the biggest surprise of the year for me. Directed by Giorgos Lanthimos, this Greek film centres around a family home. A wealthy father lives with his wife, son and two daughters in a modern secluded house, all seems quite normal. But nobody is allowed out of the home apart from the father, the wife doesn't want to leave the house. The children, all in their early 20's, seem to have been imprisoned since birth. Their schooling is in-house, relying on home-made tapes and books, and have become infantalised. Unknown words are given alternative names by their parents, deliberately, so for example `zombies' are yellow flowers, leading to many unfortunate incidents! The parents use a fictional brother who has been banished from the house as the means to imprison the three children. No outsider is allowed into the house, apart from a woman, Christina, who works in the factory of the father. She is paid by the father to have sex with the son. Bored with the son, she befriends one of the daughters. Their friendship blossoms, the daughter's curiosity leading to rebellion and all manner of carnage awaits.

Many people seem to be put off by the dark tone of this movie, but the the deadpan black comedy electrifies this film. Dogtooth has echoes of Michael Haneke's direction and style of acting, and some of David Lynch's earlier movies such as `Blue Velvet' in its depiction of the sinisterly wierd in the familar and normal. There are some wonderful moments, including an awkwardly brilliant dance sequence by one of the daughters. The misinformation supplied by the parents creates some brilliant moments of surreal comedy and violence, not least the introduction of a cat.
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