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on 28 June 2011
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. Tired of these dutiful acts of carnality, Christina disturbs the domestic balance.Because this is a closed,inward-looking system,the night's entertainment consists of home videos.After father discovers Christina has been lending elder daughter videotaped movies,he beats the pair of them viciously.From then on the Son's sexual needs are serviced in-house.Deflowered Older Sister begins speaking film quotes,adopting the name `Bruce' for herself in an attempt to gain identity. Hammering out her dogteeth she hides herself in the boot ofFather's car.No backstory is given,we never get the complete picture.The cinematography is like a blank,parts of peoples bodies,heads remain outside the frame.Shot in a detached manner,shocking absurdities add to the horror and dark humour.This fable brings to mind the Fritzl case,cults,totalitarian governments,the time of the Greek Colonels, tennis-coaching dads.