Dogtooth

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Released 2009

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Director:
Keely Christian
Released:
2009
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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.

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  • 70

    Variety

    The Greek helmer's sophomore picture does exude a strange fascination throughout.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    Though its elusive character is undoubtedly part of its strength, Dogtooth ends up feeling somehow like a dodge and a sidestep. As a film, it's pure and singular, but it's not quit...

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Dogtooth supplies no such explanation and at times seems as much an exercise in perversity as an examination of it.

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