Kynodontas – 2009

Dogtooth is one of those movies that makes you stop and ask, “What the hell am I watching?” There are a lot of moments in viewing films that this is a bad question, but in the case of Dogtooth, it simply adds to the dangerous peculiarity of the film. Yorgos Lanthimos is a Greek director who is steadily becoming well-known for his very odd take on cinema. Dogtooth is an early example of his work and it highlights the imaginative quality that film can bring out in people. There are no walls blocking the creativity of cinema, the only goal of any filmmaker is to make the film relatable, which Lanthimos still manages to do. He put the story of three siblings, imprisoned by the parents and places it in our world with terms that we understand, though they seem foreign to the siblings. It is this foreignness that keeps the characters at arms length, since neither viewer nor character fully understands the world that has been created.

Not as good as The Lobster, but it definitely set the tone for what’s to come.

Reality never seemed so good, but all the same…

4 out of 5


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