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Dogtooth [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]

Giorgos Lanthimos    Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Giorgos Lanthimos
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KSA0O4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,002 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greek Genius! 12 Jan 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barking mad 28 Jun 2011
By technoguy VINE VOICE
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A zombie is a small yellow flower" 29 Feb 2012
Imagine you live in a world where cats are the most dangerous creature there is - you know so because you saw your father covered in blood as he came home one day to tell you that your estranged brother had been mauled to death by a moggy. Imagine that Frank Sinatra is your grandfather and that aeroplanes are really 6 inch long toys and often fall from the sky for children to play with. For three children living in a remote house this is their reality, forbidden to leave the house they grow and develop within the boundaries provided by their parents.

The film starts with the adult-aged children receiving a language lesson. You're immediately aware that there are strange goings on when you realise that they are being taught everyday words but with completely different meanings - "sea" for example is a leather armchair, and we later learn that "keyboard" means vagina. Accepting what they are told as gospel, it seems completely normal to them and they have no reason to question it. Having existed in such an environment all their lives you expect that it would impact on their behaviour beyond the level of their vocabulary and it does, their conversations are quite juvenile and the way they interact with each other and their parents is quite childish. They appear to be young adults who act like 9 year olds and their naivety is exploited by the only 'outsider' to regularly visit the house - Christina, who is brought in to satisfy the sexual urges of the male sibling. She tries to encourage the two girls to perform sexual acts on her by 'swapping' their services for presents - such as a sparkly headband.
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1.0 out of 5 stars this is seriously bad and disturbing
Delete this from your list whilst still in time, this is seriously bad and disturbing, a film you can certainly live without watching. Slow pace, wired, non sense. Read more
Published 19 days ago by giulia zaniol
1.0 out of 5 stars Good service, bad film
The item arrived promptly and in good condition, no complaints with regards to the service. The film itself however was really quite bad. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Social experiment
Dogtooth is Giorgos Lanthimos's second film and his most successful to date.

Essentially Lanthimos is asking the question: what would happen if a group of individuals... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Xenophon
1.0 out of 5 stars Weirdly disturbing
I had this on my wish list for ages out of real curiousity. I don't dislike weirdness and I quite like quirkiness, but this left me a bit un-nerved and disturbed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by walbedo
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
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... Read more
Published 22 months ago by jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless and gobsmacked!
Dogtooth [DVD] (2009)

This movie was really enjoyable and had moments were I was thinking WTF?! Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2012 by Jonathan Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange modern Greek tale
A story which is disturbing and strange. A modern man brings up his family away and shielded from the world. His children have no concept of the world today. Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by Gregory Baser
4.0 out of 5 stars beautifully bizarre
This movie definately deserves more mainstream exposure since it really is a tender, crazy and bleak portrayal of family life - one which most viewers will understand on some level... Read more
Published on 24 April 2012 by thetruthshallsetyefree
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and provocative Greek drama.
As with many films, it's best to know as little about this film as possible before you see it - I knew nothing about this, and it was far more chilling because of it. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by DanielJohnson
1.0 out of 5 stars With some more intelligent effort by the director this film could have...
One of those European arthouse films that has a very interesting idea. However, the director falls in love with the idea a little bit too much. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Jackal
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