Dogtooth (Kynodontas) – a late film review

dogtooth Kynodontas Dogtooth - a late film review

Yesterday I went to the cinema with Hannes and we saw the Greek film Dogtooth (the original title is Kynodontas). It came out back in 2009, but had its premier in Sweden this June.
It’s about two parents that have created their own isolated world within their country home, where they are holding their three adult children in a tightly controlled bubble. The children are not allowed to leave the home, and have never known anything about the outside world. Their parents have made sure that anything that doesn’t exist within the confinements of their own home, does not exist at all in the children’s minds.
There are very strong sexual themes in the movie. To satisfy the male urges of their son, the parents have an arrangement with a prostitute who visits them regularly. She is the only one outside of the family who is ever allowed into their home, but she proves to be enough to greatly disturb the domestic balance.

Dogtooth has received the highest possible score by all the leading Swedish movie critics, and some of them call it “the best film of the noughties”. It’s quite a powerful film, and in some ways pretty scary at times. If you’re squeamish, you should probably stay away. If you don’t mind a strong theme and disturbing premise, and enjoy movies like Lars von Trier’s the Idiots, I think you’ll find Dogtooth interesting.

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2 Responses to Dogtooth (Kynodontas) – a late film review

  1. Maggie says:

    We watched this in my Contemporary Cinema course last year! While the film had me incredibly uncomfortable and near nausea at times, it also had me laughing out loud several times as well. To say “I love this film” really doesn’t cut it. It’s very disturbing, but very smart and funny at times as well. It was definitely a film that I appreciated. :)

  2. Susie says:

    I was trying to decide what I wanted to watch today, since I am home having a pajama day and recovering from a cold, and I’ve decided that this should be just perfect. Thanks for the recommendation, Antonia!

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