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Dogtooth (2009)

Director:
Yorgos Lanthimos
COUNTRY
Greece
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Dogtooth
RUNNING TIME
97 minutes
Producer:
Iraklis Mavroidis
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Yorgos Tsourianis
Screenwriter:
Yorgos Lanthimos
Efthymis Filippou


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Father Christos Stergioglou
Mother Michelle Valley
Older Daughter Aggeliki Papoulia
Younger Daughter Mary Tsoni
Son Christos Passalis
Christina Anna Kalaitzidou

 

Review

This fictional study of human behaviour evolves around three young adults whose parents have raised them in a bizarre prison of mislore and absurd disciplinary regimes. The film is interesting in as much as you find the children's behaviour believable, and Greek writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos offers both perceptive observations and invites to alternate, metaphorical readings. He does not, however, give us any background information or psychological profiles on the two perhaps most interesting individuals in his character study: the parents. And this, along with the abrupt ending, gives the film an incompleteness which suggests that despite Lanthimos' unquestionable creativity and curiosity, he isn't really sure what he wants to communicate.

 

Copyright 14.01.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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