Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos

Dogtooth scene

Dogtooth scene

A friend of us encouraged us to see this movie as he defined it as ‘hardcore’. In fact this guy is also a hardcore guy, so if he says ‘hardcore’ it must be something really heavy!

Since a long time I have not seen anything special, fresh and surprising in the cinema, so I wanted to finally see something that will really touch me.

The film showed something that I have often wondered about – if our behavior, rituals are transferred with the genes or beginning from our birth we just look at others, unconsciously copy their behavior and this situation has been continued smoothly for thousands of years?

Dogtooth poster

Dogtooth poster

I am talking for example about kissing lips – why people don’t express your feelings by touching their feet? Our feet are usually covered and only family members can see them – so aren’t they more intimate than ever visible lips?

Dogtooth bath scene

Dogtooth bath scene

This film shows a family with 3 teenagers. The family lives in a villa surrounded by a high fence. The only person who leaves the premises is a working father. Children are brought up on recordings created by parents, hence ‘the sea’ refers to a large armchair and ‘zombies’ are little yellow flowers.

Teenagers are taught that behind the fence a mortal danger is waiting for them. Sometimes there is also a threat on their backyard – these are cats, defined by their parents as bloodthirsty beasts that swallow their prey in one piece. As a consequence of zero contact with the environment, teenagers suffer lack of any conventions and intuition at all. But is it possible that they are aware of that?

Dogtooth

Dogtooth

To bring closer the atmosphere of the movie, I’ll cite one sentence that the father says: ‘Your mother will soon give birth to twins and a dog’.

I think the film is quite unique and it’s worth to watch it being prepared for a light hardcore :)

 

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