Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

söndag 25 mars 2018


Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by: Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars:  Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia... read more

Country: Greece
Style: Drama | Thriller
Runtime: 1h 34min

I'm a world-film enthusiast and love to find movies from different cultures around the whole world and certainly there is a potential far from the western world's predictable supplies. Greece, for example, is a country that has received too little attention over the years. This is because the selection of Greek films is very thin, but in 2011 the film "Dogtooth" became the fifth award-nominated film in Greece ever. A drama that raises many questions and blows away all spectators in one way or another.

If you ever wondered what Josef Fritzl or Fred and Rose West motivated to indoctrine their children - then you have the answer here. Without doubt, most of the majority's personalities are affected by how they are raised by their parents, but what happens if you are never allowed to leave home or get to know the outside world? You are completely listening to what your parents say, and when they get evil, you do not really know what the word "evil" means. That's exactly what this movie shows.

Three half-grown children are locked up in a deceptively beautiful house. With a blend of desperate thought, discreet tyranny and bizarre experimentation, the parents have created an eccentric world in which everything from language to sexual morality has been transformed into something completely different. Completely shielded from the outside world, the children experience life as natural, but the family's balance is disturbed when an outsider enters their home. The protective bubble surrounding their lives suddenly threatens total collapse.

Dogtooth is written and directed by Giorgos Lanthimos. It's very minimalistic, rigid and long - but not from a negative perspective. As long as you do not left it with boringness without watching it to the end, then the whole experiment is very interesting to follow. The consequences in this film are applied to a variety of social relationships. The connection to these siblings - has with their parents - a rather similar extension that politicians have to their government - or a believer to their religious institution. The film means that in order to have one of these relationships work, the individual must give up the intelligence and blindly follow the institution, even though this kind of obedience is contrary to human nature.

The film's smart twist and environmental differences between values are reminiscent of Michael Hanakes 'Funny Games' and Lars von Triers 'Antichrist'. The minimalistic and stylistic spectator plays a jerk. The graphic and shocking is fascinating in a voyeuristic way. The most well-played person in the movie offers some very daring scenes and even if you feel upset and influential, the director's twist execution is very well done.

Dogtooth raises all sorts of questions about the individual and society; do you really have to play a part in life? Instead of answering these questions in the film, it is left to the viewer who may reduce its absurdity. This is not an entertaining movie. It's not a word I would use to describe Dogtooth. But if you like movies that are uncomfortable and odd, then this is the perfect choice for you.

Yorgos Lanthimos is a very interesting director and has made a handful of similar films (Alps, The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) after Dogtooth was made and soon enough 'The Favorite' has premiere and it shall be very interesting to see what to come out of that one.

My rating: 4 out of 5


Produced by: Yorgos Lanthimos, Iraklis Mavroidis, Vicky Miha, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Angelos Venetis.
Cinematography by: Thimios Bakatakis
Editing by: Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Special Effects by: George Alahouzos, Roulis Alahouzos, Michalis Samiotis.
Music by: Frank Sinatra, Marinella, Christos Stergioglou
Language: Greek
Color: Color

Distributor: Kino International


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. French Canadian weirdo, lives in the past, afraid of the future, but curious about what to come. Beginner in extreme horror and visual arthouse, and finds it exciting to discover the world down under. Growed in the 80's and discovered cheesy classics, among others John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon. Live for electro, rock and metal music and have a long story full of concert memories. This is the first time he takes the interest in writing about what he is experiencing.