Dogtooth (2009)

50.

★★★★

Directed by: Giorgos Lanthimos
Written by: Giorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Starring: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley and Aggeliki Papoulia

Here’s a social experiment. Raise three children in an isolated home, educate them with lies about the outside world, control their every move and even change up their vocabulary so that “pussy” means big light, “zombie” means yellow flower and … well, we’ll make it up as we go.

Party time!

The disturbingly hilarious and deeply thought-provoking Dogtooth is a psychological drama from Greece that will make you rethink home-schooling. Three siblings, indoctrinated by their own parents, begin to mentally unwind when they start to get small, but dangerous, glimpses of what the outside world might be like. Powered by performances that thrive on the bizarre and unhinged, Dogtooth finds moments of raw hilarity and child-like fascination in the simple differences between our world and the world of the three young adults.

While the plot of the film moves rather slowly, it is in the very atmosphere and dramatic interaction between the characters that the film finds its power. Wickedly engrossing and clever in its analysis of human nature, Dogtooth is most certainly not for the faint-hearted.

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