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Dogtooth (2011)

Christos Stergioglou , Michele Valley , Giorgos Lanthimos  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Hristos Passalis
  • Directors: Giorgos Lanthimos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Greek
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KINO INTERNATIONAL
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048FQFFM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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[An] ingenious and shockingly blunt satire. --Time Out (London)

The most original, challenging, and perverse film of the year so far. --Village Voice

By far the most original film Ive seen in a long time. --John Waters, Director of Pink Flamingos

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Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Dogtooth is a darkly surreal look at three teenagers confined to an isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen by their parents - an alternately hilarious and nightmarish experiment of manipulation and oppression. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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Certainly one of the more surprising moments of the 2010 Academy Award nominations had to be the inclusion of the Greek oddity "Dogtooth" among the Best Foreign Film nominees. This psychological freak show seems designed to polarize audiences with its controversial presentation of an isolated family as a horror construct. The film, with relatively no political or social context, is likely to be interpreted in many ways by viewers searching for a grand significance to the proceedings. Having seen the film twice now, however, I'm not sure that I can really establish the filmmaker's true intentions with any veracity. So I won't try. Somewhere between perverse satire, bent domestic drama, and disturbing psychological horror lies the film "Dogtooth"--a challenging and unrepentantly bleak, yet undeniably gripping and fascinating, example of experimental cinema.

"Dogtooth" depicts the unorthodox life of one family. The three teenage children have been raised in a controlled environment in which they've seemingly never left the family's secluded estate. Subjected to the teaching of their parents, they know nothing of the real dangers or inherent freedoms available in the outside world. As their story unfolds, in horrifying daily detail, the complete destruction of their psyches, intelligence, and individuality at the hands of their parents is absolutely repellant. This truly is one of the more disturbing depictions of psychological torture (even if the kids don't know it!) that has ever been captured on film. Not graphically violent, but emotionally disconcerting, this film will insinuate itself into your mind--and it's absolutely unsettling.
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What if you could be the master of your own universe, able to make everything to your own specifications and liking? And what if, in that universe, you could have absolute control over your subjects, so that, not only would they have to do what you told them to, but you could even go so far as to shape the very way they look at the world?

The unnamed middle-aged protagonist (Christos Stergioglou) of "Dogtooth" has created just such a kingdom for himself and his wife (Michelle Valley), tucked away in a rural area of Greece, where the two of them have raised their children - a boy (Christos Passalis) and two girls (Aggelika Papoulia, Mary Tsoni) who are all now in their late teens - in such complete isolation that the kids have virtually no knowledge of the world that lies beyond the fenced-in little compound in which they live. They know only that it is a dangerous and scary place and that none of them will be able to venture out into it until their dogtooth falls out - which is to say never. They are so misinformed as to how the real world actually works that they think planes are just tiny objects moving through the air, and that if one of those tiny objects were to fall out of the sky and into their yard, the children would be able to pick it up and play with it like a toy. They've also been taught by their colluding parents to believe that prowling cats are a mortal menace to be destroyed on sight. The kids spend much of the day doing repetitive chores, playing meaningless games and being taught an incorrect vocabulary (they use the word "phone" when they really mean "salt," for example).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Art House Cinema Meets Hollywood Boulevard July 9, 2011
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Dogtooth

A mid level industrialist raises his family in an environment devoid of most modern conveniences but imbued with a special hatred of airliners. The telephone is carefully hidden, only his wife knows where it is, a fence erected around the house is also a boundary the children and wife have never trespassed, but most of all, in order to keep his the two daughters and son uncorrupted, (their hatred of airliners and the people who fly on them apparently doesn't count) they have been taught a sanitized language where "zombie" is "a small yellow flower" and the female reproductive region is known as "keyboard". Periodically, the industrialist pimps for the boy, and for a price, procures the services of Christina, a security guard at the plant.

Just when Director Giorgos Lanthimos seems to remove all limits to the level of parental control, Christina shows an interest not only in the boy but also the two sisters, conferring on one of them VHS tapes of Rocky, Jaws and other classics in exchange for libidinous favors. The daughter, of course, emulates what she sees and hears on the tapes, and such an obvious clash of cultures ensues that it changes the relationships in the household. All of this sets up the question: does the influence on children come from parenting or from the culture around us? The film's answers seem ambiguous and unsatisfying. Thimios Bakatakis' camerawork is good but not inspired - we want some kind of resolution at the film's end, and Bakatakis seems determined not to give us one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a path of nonsense
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrible movie
Published 24 days ago by Dimitris
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Fearless.
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AOK !!!
Published 1 month ago by stanmoore1
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
Bizarre, darkly funny, movie.
Published 1 month ago by Robert A. Wunsch III
3.0 out of 5 stars it did not show us enough
My favorite scene took place after one of the daughters watched a video for the first time of the outside world. It was wonderful. Also, when she was in the bathroom at the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MRHULOT
2.0 out of 5 stars Imagine living a similar life !
I give this movie two stars because even though I love thrillers and horror stories .....even can handle gory bloody scenes ! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Health seeker
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Too Weird
Two teenage girls and their somewhat older brother seem to be embedded in some sort of experiment in child rearing by their parents. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet, Sad, Beautiful
The premise has fairytale-like simplicity--a husband and his wife keeps their children sheltered from the outside world, which they replaces with fabrications of their own. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lobsterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and disturbing
You won't think your family is dysfunctional after watching Dogtooth's family spiral out of control. Definitely made me cringe with delight!
Published 5 months ago by crizeene
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