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Dogtooth(Κυνόδοντας)

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Greece

2009

1h 38m

Director Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis

Genre Drama

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Teenage siblings are confined to an isolated country estate by their parents, who tell them fantastical and horrific lies about the outside world. When one daughter decides she has had enough, she hatches an escape plan.

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Village Voice by

Director Giorgos Lanthimos lays out the rules largely through action rather than exposition, which allows Dogtooth to play as a richly satisfying, blackly comic mystery in spite of its delayed, horror-sourced housebreak plot.
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New York Daily News by Joe Neumaier

The father is the only one who can leave the house to go to his factory job, and that seems like a paradise for viewers trapped watching this clinically shot claptrap.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Horror and cold humor commingle in Dogtooth, a Greek import whose screenwriters approach scenario construction like misanthropic social scientists planning an experiment -- one whose result suggests that governments might want to rethink policies allowing parents to home-school their children.
100

Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

How perfectly perverse: In a summer crammed with sequels, remakes, '80s nostalgia and the frustrated sense of "What else y'got?" comes the most original nightmare in years.

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