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5.0 out of 5 stars A Satire On Modern Living, Or Plain Lunacy?, 16 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Dogtooth [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
There's been plenty said about the madness that comprises modern living, about the societal norms that both train us to toe the line and wraps our psyches into knots simultaneously; if this wasn't a home truth, millions of us wouldn't be currently dosing ourselves with huge quantities of anti-depressants and alcohol at this very second. The root of all this : Fear of the outside world, fear of those who work against us, ultimately fear of ourselves and the very World we inhabit.

DOGTOOTH concerns the story of an unknown, affluent family where the father (and a possibly slightly reluctant yet violent mother)have deemed it fit to isolate their three children completely from the outside world - they disorientate them by mis-naming everyday objects, distorting the association of objects from reality (airplanes that are only a few inches long, domestic cats that roam the outside world and kill at a whim) and subject them to random acts of sudden, shocking violence when they question this world view and attempt acts of spontaneity. Hence the children are primitive, childish, unable to grasp the World properly and act in ways the viewer will probably find outlandish. Also, no raison d'etre is given by director Giorgios Lanthimos why the parents would go to such absurd lengths to isolate and retard their children's development in such a way. Other plot points such as the father recruiting a female security guard at his workplace as a sexual partner for his son also seems rather hard to accept (Why would the guard, Caroline, accept? Does she not find the entire setup strange and alarming?). So you feel let out of the "joke" in a way, unless you approach the film as a Rabelaisian tale of the way society makes us behave, a way to look at the absurdity within ourselves.

The movie is also shocking at times - real sex, sudden bloody and realistic acts of violence, incest. They make the tale harsh and lurid, which increases it's effectiveness somewhat. You wouldn't want a story like this acted out in a staid Merchant-Ivory World, would you? So I, for one, found it powerful, shocking, and in some ways even entirely possible in some areas of Suburbia where we tend to turn a blind eye on other people's business. So, highly recommended then? As for any extras on the Blu-Ray : abysmal, nothing apart from the obligatory trailer which is a disgrace. At least a commentary / interview with Lanthimos and cast members so we can get to grips with the many puzzles on screen? Perhaps, just as well. Mystique is key here.
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