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Dogtooth (2009)

Director: Giorgos Lanthimos
Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia

The last few years have seen a shock of new talent in Greek's cinema, with Giorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth marking the first time most Americans were made to take notice. The conceit is eyebrow-raising: A couple has raised their three children in isolation from the outside world, and to keep them handicapped further, the parents have instructed them in language incorrectly. For instance, "sea" means chair. The children are young adults now, the parents' plan having gone smoothly.

This starts to crumble, however, when Dad brings an outsider to the family's compound to sleep with the son. The world begins to intrude, and the parents find themselves out of control of their kids.

Shot in a suitable off-putting style, with long, static takes and compositions that bisect the actors' bodies, Dogtoothis beautiful, frequently hysterical, and ultimately unnerving.

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