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The father, the mother and their three kids live at the outskirts of a city. There is a tall fence surrounding the house. The kids have never been outside that fence. They are being reared in the manner that their parents deem appropriate, without any influence from the outside world. The only person allowed to enter the house is Christina. She works as a security guard at the father's business. The father arranges her visits to the house in order to appease the sexual urges of the son. The whole family is fond of her, especially the eldest daughter. One day Christina gives her as a present a headband that has stones that glow in the dark and asks for something in return.
Dogtooth pushes the boundaries somewhat but stands on the shoulders of films like The Idiots and more obviously Salo but I don't think Giorgos Lanthimos is in any danger of being murdered any time soon. Dogtooth works on many levels, makes a lot of statements and asks a lot of question. It's a dark comedy but it's pretty light on laughs to be honest and although it says a lot, it's a little bit like being told the same joke over and over again, or at least it is until the last thrilling 15 minutes when Utopia's flaws are revealed. It's a great film and it is beautifully filmed. Lanthimos is definitely a director to keep an eye out for, that's for sure.
Older Daughter: Do that again, bitch, and I'll rip your guts out. I swear on my daughter's life you and your clan won't last long in this neighborhood.
Dogtooth is a film that will certainly make you say, "What the fuck." This is also a movie that I can see a lot of people turning off about five minutes in. It's a quiet, disturbing, slow film. There's also a lot of moments when I just didn't want to be watching what I was watching. It's just too weird to think about in spots, especially the sexual stuff between siblings. It's not a movie that will entertain you and you are sure to have zero fun while watching it, but it is extremely interesting if disgusting, creepy, disturbing, and repulsive. I watched the whole thing, and I'll say it is a well developed and made movie. I still didn't like it much.
The movie centers around a family of five living outside of the city. This family isn't normal. The parents keep their kids(a son and two daughters) at home all the time. They don't ever go out. They're home-schooled, except they're lied to. The parents tell them the wrong meanings of words, and protect them from things. Then again they'll tell the siblings that a cat is the most dangerous animal around and could eat them. It may sound funny, but watching this movie is a disturbing ordeal. Still, I watched with my eyes glued to the tv. Why? I don't really know, it's just one of those things I couldn't stop watching.
The movie is really scary to think about and although it is a drama, it has a terrifying plot. To think of parents actually doing this to their kids is scary to think about. There are parts where it seems like the parents are almost sadistic in their approach to their kids. Are they though? Or maybe they think this is actually what's best for them. Maybe they think they truly are protecting their kids from the dangers of the real world. That delusion will be shattered. The ending will truly mess with you. It certainly did me.
I'm giving this a favorable review because it did exactly what the director set out to do. In all honesty, it deserves five stars because it is absolutely perfect at evoking the feelings it tries to evoke. I just can't give it anymore because I am so repulsed. Damn, this doesn't happen to me often, but this one did it. I have to respect it for that. Truly disturbing.
The intriguing plot may not be that original (The Village comes to mind), but there is something really fascinating in this extreme case of parental overprotection that goes beyond the bizarre - raising inevitable questions about human nature, innocence and what differentiates us from animals.
Unsettling in an amazing amount of respects, Dogtooth is a metaphor gone to the depths of possibility, coming out the other side as a dramatic piece about the overbearing nature of parents. Two parents lock their adult children into their home and create a distinct dreamland, misdirecting their attention from real world issues, and lying to them constantly, including hiding the telephone, lying about the dangers of cats, telling them fake definitions for common words, and perpetuating a violent household by not letting their natural curiosities become sated and their questions left hanging without answer. When an outsider comes into the household everything changes for the family, as everyone starts questioning the ethics of their parents, and the decisions they have lived with their en
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