Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Dogtooth is a darkly surreal look at three teenagers confined to an isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen by their parents - an alternately hilarious and nightmarish experiment of manipulation and oppression.
Michelle Valley,Aggeliki Papoulia,Mary Tsoni,Hristos Passalis,Anna Kalaitzidou,Christos Stergioglou
A 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, plans the seeds of rebellion by trading VHS tapes for sexual favors. (partially adapted from the New Directors/New Films catalog).