Dogtooth

As the film unpacks we piece together the fact that three teenagers are growing up in a rural compound that they are not allowed to leave.  Whatever they know – much of it untrue and designed to keep them from leaving – is given to them by their parents.  It is a fascinating study on how we obtain knowledge and struggle to break free from those that have power over us.  It’s not for everyone but I enjoyed it.

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Movie title: Dogtooth

Movie description: Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. Hence 'the sea' refers to a large armchair and 'zombies' are little yellow flowers. Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the uber-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission.

Date published: 2019-08-17

Director(s): Yorgos Lanthimos

Actor(s): Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis, Mary Tsoni, Anna Kalaitzidou, Steve Krikris, Sissy Petropoulou, Alexander Voulgaris

Genre: Drama

My Review

As the film unpacks we piece together the fact that three teenagers are growing up in a rural compound that they are not allowed to leave.  Whatever they know – much of it untrue and designed to keep them from leaving – is given to them by their parents.  It is a fascinating study on how we obtain knowledge and struggle to break free from those that have power over us.  It’s not for everyone but I enjoyed it.

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