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Dogtooth (2011)

Christos Stergioglou , Michele Valley , Giorgos Lanthimos  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Hristos Passalis
  • Directors: Giorgos Lanthimos
  • Format: 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048FQFFM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,489 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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51 of 55 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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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****1/2

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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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mirroring destruction October 8, 2010
By PsyRC
Format:DVD
Spoilers herein!!

Well, this film was highly anticipated by me (it had won the un Certain Regard prize at Cannes). The message is one of enclosed despair, it mirrors what it's like to be perpetually condemned to a preverbal state, and not having the tools to deal with it. It seems that, once play can no longer sustain oneself, one must retreat to a world of sexuality and aggression. Since the eldest daughter incorporated the nameless and hopeless lifestyle imposed by her parents, she was indeed an incarnation of their nefarious deeds. The only way to break free from their rules would be to attack their rules, and this could only be accomplished by attacking herself. The scene where she knocks her tooth out with a hammer is intense and realistic, yet behind pain and destruction there is beauty, in the disfigured and bloody smile leering back from the mirror. Life could no longer go on the way it had, the incestuous nature of the family unit had reached an extreme. In a bizarre bathtub scene, the brother sits there and gropes the naked bodies of his sisters, one at a time, I imagine in an attempt to see which causes him to be more aroused. As everything else that conveys true emotion in this family, the scene transpires in uncomfortable silence, the demon of preverbal communication again casting its shadow. Born preverbal, dead preverbal, as the labyrinth of abandoned speech is manifest in the eldest daughter's aborted escape, remaining locked in the car trunk, representing in a very vivid manner that, upon mustering the desire to leave the perverted Eden in whence she dwelled, she was in effect entering her coffin.
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2.0 out of 5 stars one sick and twisted movie
this movie is like a train wreck to me, I watched it through but I have no idea why. It is advertised as "funny" I didn't see a single thing funny about any of it. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Judi Barr
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Interesting
I'm sure there's some deep, symbolic meaning behind this film, but I couldn't tell you what it was and I don't really mind that I don't know. To me it's just fascinating. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shay
1.0 out of 5 stars The camera never moves
This is one of the films you see occasionally where the camera doesn't pan or zoom at all.Half the time the actors heads are cut off. Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. Hoover
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesommme
Dark..surely..odd.. very odd..unlike anything I have ever seen..not a normal film..more of a pyscho ..kubrik type movie...not humorous.. but intellectually fun and liberating.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Abhishek Kathuria
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see
Similar to "Napoleon Dynamite" with its ridiculous characters and situations that make you giggle and cringe and could very well be happening at your neighbor's house next... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TJC
3.0 out of 5 stars I did not find it funny -guess my humor is not that dark
This is definitely a drama-but I think it should carry more of a warning for its shock affect. It did leave quite a few questions as to what happened or if there was another child
Published 2 months ago by Lindsey Asmus
1.0 out of 5 stars Very odd unless you like really odd foreign films
I don't mind subtitles at all, and my husband and I watch a lot of foreign films. This one lost us.
Published 2 months ago by Bonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, what a trip!
This movie is so mind boggling. It is pretty heavy, but very beautifully shot. Freaky family drama's make you feel more normal
Published 2 months ago by Kol
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid!!!
There is nothing about this movie that is hilarious and it is not a stunner. It is depressing, weird, and does not have a very good story line. Read more
Published 3 months ago by KR
2.0 out of 5 stars UGH
This was a really wierd and perverted movie! The father controlled the whole family and they had odd behaviors that were not normal and they all were cooped up in the house. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laura
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