Dogtooth

Dogtooth ★★★½

The Letterboxd Season Challenge 2018-2019

Week 24: March 3rd-9th
Strange New Land Week

Yorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth is a crazy, bizarre black comedy/horror film from Greece that won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes film festival. The movie involves an eccentric nuclear family—mom, dad, teenage son, two teenage daughters—that turns out to be twisted and warped beyond belief. The parents force their children to stay in their home where they are homeschooled and in essence sheltered (to the nth degree) by their misguided and cruel parents. The three children, in their 20s, are never allowed to go out into the world beyond their yard, because the big, bad world out there is way too dangerous. However, whatever's going outside couldn't possibly be as fucked up as what's happening inside. The family speaks in an alternative language and sexual activity around the house is strange, to say the least. Lanthimos’s minimalist directing is perfect for this movie. The acting is good. I felt there should have been more of an explanation of the parents’ purpose in raising their children the way they do. Regardless, this film has something to say about sheltered family life, and it isn’t pretty.

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