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Dogtooth [DVD] (2009)

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  • Actors: Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Mary Tsoni
  • Directors: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Format: Colour, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Greek
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Verve Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BKQQ3Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,277 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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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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By dipesh parmar TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Jan. 2011
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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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Often the term 'surreal' is confused in the west with the term 'whacky.' This film is truly surreal as it is in the realm of the disturbing dream and has a fundamental intelligence like the films of Bunuel for instance. Those looking for a linear conventional plot are going to be confused but those looking for a film that stretches the imagination might not be. In fact just take an insight into how strangely people are brought up to accept conventions that are totally absurd to outsiders; the upper classes, religious people, in fact anyone brought up to adhere to a specific agenda and you will see this film is not quite so ridiculous as it might appear. Quite brilliant!!
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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 were raised in a hermetically closed environment with no access to the outside world? The answer, according to Lanthimos, is humorous, tragic and sad at the same time.

The influences range from Beckett (the screenplay is taut, the exchanges between individuals taught) and Bunuel (the scenes of the family together in the same room) to Lars von Trier.

Dogtooth is an interesting social study which forces the viewer to question the rules by which society functions and should function.
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Like a morning's layer of ice on a warm spring day, we just know something will crack sooner or later.

Yorgos Lanthimos's shocking Dogtooth (2009) is set somewhere deep in the Greek countryside. A father keeps his adult family locked up at home, thinking he's saving them from the dangerous world by telling all kinds of lies so that they will never leave the property boundary.

This is such an interesting script by Efthymis Filippou and the director. It is frightening, not in the quiet, quiet, bang sense, but in the motivations of the father (Christos Stergioglou), as he believes he is doing the right thing, and on the basic of levels, this is what ever parent tries to do: protect their children. What makes this scary is that the children are adults, with the unquestioning behaviour of children. Adding to the fear, we wonder why the father has pushed this beyond protection and now manipulates his children. An example would be with words. At dinner one of the daughters asks her mother (Michele Valley) to pass the phone, when she means salt. It's at these glimpses into the strange life of the family that the fingers of dread creep up our backs. As the plot trickles along, these oddities increase. It isn't heavily plotted, the script focuses on narrative; how the story is told is the important factor here. It flips back and forth from the institutionalised world of the country house where the children lick each other, to the father's job as a manager in a factory.

Watching this reminded me of Ian McEwan's wonderfully dark The Cement Garden (1978).

Dogtooth is so original that it makes it hard to watch anything hackneyed again. A magnificent film.
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