Movie: 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.
At the film's climax—SPOILER ALERT—the more willful daughter decides to leave the home. She's been told that this can happen when the dogtooth falls out. Her parents have promised. She won't wait. With a hand-weight, she takes matters into her hands. It takes more than one blow. —RS