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Dogtooth (Kynodontas)

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

  • Greece 2009; 96 min
  • Original version: Greek
  • Genre: Drama
    • Un Certain Regard Prize,Youth Prize, Cannes IFF
    • Special Jury Award, Best Actress, Sarajevo FF

  • From the director of THE LOBSTER presented at Cinemart

    Nominated for Best Foreign Film - Academy Awards


Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. Hence 'the sea' refers to a large armchair and 'zombies' are little yellow flowers. Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the über-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission. The father is the only family member who can leave the manicured lawns of their self-inflicted exile, earning their keep by managing a nearby factory, while the only outsider allowed on the premises is his colleague Christina, who is paid to relieve the son of his male urges. Tired of these dutiful acts of carnality, Christina disturbs the domestic balance.

Director's Statement

The idea for DOGTOOTH came from speculating about the future of family. How would it evolve in the future (if it evolved at all), and what would happen if this social organism ceased existing as we know it? What would someone do to preserve it at any cost, and what would that do to the people involved? How distorted can bodies and minds become after being confined and shaped? We tried to make it the opposite of a claustrophobic film. That's why we placed it in a big, expensive house with a swimming pool and a big garden. There are many scenes that take place outside in the beautiful garden, which of course is surrounded by a tall fence. It’s an openly claustrophobic film. We worked with the actors more physically and verbally rather than intellectually. We were trying to figure out what would happen to the most fundamental and basic things, like language and words and common sense, if they were put in this very specific and different situation — where would that lead, and what practical problems would be faced? The world of Dogtooth takes place whenever you imagine it to be. There are no factual elements that tell you if this happened today or sometime long ago or in the future.






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