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Film Review: Dogtooth (2009)
Dogtooth (2009). Co-written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The film starts with a tape recorder playing definitions of words. Sea, for example, is defined as a "leather chair with wooden armrests". It transpires the cassette is being listened to by a brother and his two sisters. When the cassette stops the youngest sister suggests a trial where they all hold their fingers under the hot tap, and the one who holds it the longest is the winner. As you may have guessed from the description of the start, Dogtooth is an odd film, a very odd film. I'd heard of it before but never watched it. A review of Borgman suggested it was along similar lines, which it is from the perspective of a psychological thriller set against the background of a family. I found the story interesting, but a warning for sensitive types that there are moments of violence, nudity, and also incest, making it a difficult watch at times. The film is reasonably well shot but there's something stilted about the acting, whether intended or not. Even so it gets the story across. Unfortunately the odd story was just a little too unpleasant and slow for me to really enjoy it, but those who like originality and don't mind the aforementioned difficult bits might get something from it. 3/5 (Average)