Retrospective 2016

Kynodontas

Dogtooth
Yorgos Lanthimos
GR 2009
93min
V'16

DOGTOOTH is an absurd, hilarious and inventively provocative film. It follows the lives of a family whose house is on the edge of the city, enclosed by high walls. The only person allowed to leave is the father, keeping his wife and three children “safe” from the evils of the outside world. Considering his son to have reached an age where his sexual needs should be met, the father brings home Christine, who soon threatens their insular world. Yorgos Lanthimos’ film is a startlingly sharp piece of imaginative insanity, and the events instigated by the unhinged parents swing between the weirdly comical to the repulsive.
“At its heart, the film seems a hyperbolic examination of the family as a universe unto itself, with its own laws, values, government, and order. It is a glimpse into the total control parents can exercise over their children, and the vulnerability of children subject to the whims of their protectors who can also become their tormentors.” (Felicia Feaster)

Credits
  • Christos Stergiolou - Vater
  • Michele Valley - Mutter
  • Aggeliki Papoulia - ältere Tochter
  • Mary Tsoni - jüngere Tochter
  • Hristos Passalis - Sohn
  • Anna Kalaitzidou - Christina
  • Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Efthymis Filippou
  • Thimios Bakatakis
  • Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Marinella
  • Christos Stergioglou
  • Jean Vallin
  • Elli Papageorgakopoulou
Boo Productions, Greek Film Center, Horsefly Productions
35 mm
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