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.
What are people saying?
What are critics saying?
Dogtooth supplies no such explanation and at times seems as much an exercise in perversity as an examination of it.
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.
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.
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.
A brightly lit nightmare of patriarchy run amok.
It's an exhilaratingly unpredictable experience, and not an easy one to shake.
A highly original black comedy from Greece -- and one of the weirdest movies I've seen in a long time.