Dogtooth (Kynodontas)

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Synopsis

2011 ACADEMY AWARDS - NOMINEE BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A hyper-stylized mixture of physical violence and verbal comedy, Dogtooth is a darkly funny look at three teenagers confined to their parents' isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen — an inscrutable scenario that suggests a warped experiment in social conditioning and control. Terrorized into submission by their father, the children spend their days devising their own games and learning an invented vocabulary (a salt shaker is a "telephone," an armchair is "the sea") — until a trusted outsider, brought in to satisfy the son's libidinal urges, starts offering forbidden VHS tapes in return for sexual favors.

Film Info

Release Year: 2009
Running Time: 94
Color Type: Color
Country: Greece
Language: Greek

Graceful, enigmatic, and often frightening, DOGTOOTH is an ingenious dark comedy that won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, propelling Yorgos Lanthimos to the forefront of contemporary cinema's most ambitious young filmmakers.

In an effort to protect their three children from the corrupting influence of the outside world, a Greek couple transforms their home into a gated compound of cultural deprivation and strict rules of behavior. But children cannot remain innocent forever. When the father brings home a young woman to satisfy his son's sexual urges, the family's engineered "reality" begins to crumble, with devastating consequences.

Like the haunting, dystopic visions of Michael Haneke and Gaspar Noé, DOGTOOTH punctuates its compelling drama with moments of shocking violence, creating a biting social satire that is as profound as it is provocative.

Cast

    Christos Passalis (Son)
    Christos Stergioglou (Father)
    Mary Tsoni (Younger Daughter)
    Michele Valley (Mother)

Crew

  • Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Written by Efthymis Filippou , Yorgos Lanthimos

Festivals / Awards

2011 ACADEMY AWARDS - NOMINEE BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

WINNER - BEST FILM UN CERTAIN REGARD - CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Reviews

"***** A STUNNER! Perfectly perverse" - Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT NEW YORK

"HILARIOUS" - Nicolas Rapold, NEW YORK TIMES

"By far the most original film i've seen in a long time." - John Waters

"SURREAL! A cool, eerie commentary on family dynamics and the dangerous power of adolescent sexual curiosity." - Lisa Schwartzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

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          • Director Yorgos Lanthimos