The matriarch and patriarch of an upper-class Greek family have taught their three nameless, college-age offspring an alternate language to protect a larger deception: that the world outside the family’s high-walled home is so dangerous that the “kids” won't be mature enough to explore it until one of their canine teeth falls out. The clueless guinea pigs while away their days playing mostly innocent, if bizarre, games of endurance and submission, often monitored by their father, who offers sparkly stickers as prizes for jobs well done—and enforces the boundaries of the closed state with violence. But this dictator’s efforts are no match for the trifecta of threats to his fascist regime: free-market trading, sex and American popular culture. Director Yorgos Lanthimos lays out the rules largely through action rather than exposition, which allows Dogtooth to play as a richly satisfying, blackly comic mystery in spite of its delayed, horror-sourced housebreak plot. This pastel-colored portrait of disaster capitalism was made long before the Greek economic crisis, and that’s something of a relief: Straight parable could never feel as urgent and unexpectedly moving as the eldest daughter’s desperate drive to escape into Hollywood movies—not just by watching them, but by pretending to live them. —Karina Longworth, Village Voice
Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou. Photographed by Thimios Bakatakis. With Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia (96 min, Kino Lorber).
More information at http://www.sffs.org/content.aspx?catid=8&pageid=1745&TitleId=sffsscreen-dogtooth
Added by cinesoul on August 9, 2010