UPDATE: This event has been cancelled.
Our next VCS film series entry is Dogtooth (2009) from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. The screening will take place this Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 pm in room 101C.
Here’s a synopsis from the film’s website:
The father, the mother and their three kids live at the outskirts of a city. There is a tall fence surrounding the house. The kids have never been outside that fence. They are being educated, entertained, bored and exercised in the manner that their parents deem appropriate, without any inﬂuence from the outside world. They believe that the airplanes ﬂying over are toys and that zombies are small yellow ﬂowers. The only person allowed to enter the house is Christina. She works as a security guard at the father’s business. The father arranges her visits to the house in order to appease the sexual urges of the son. The whole family is fond of her, especially the eldest daughter. One day Christina gives her as a present a headband that has stones that glow in the dark and asks for something in return.
And another from KINO Lorber:
A hyper-stylized mixture of physical violence and verbal comedy, Dogtooth is a darkly funny look at three teenagers confined to their parents’ isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen — an inscrutable scenario that suggests a warped experiment in social conditioning and control. Terrorized into submission by their father, the children spend their days devising their own games and learning an invented vocabulary (a salt shaker is a “telephone,” an armchair is “the sea”) — until a trusted outsider, brought in to satisfy the son’s libidinal urges, plans the seeds of rebellion by trading VHS tapes for sexual favors. (partially adapted from the New Directors/New Films catalog)
You can find a more information at the following links:
Dogtooth at KINO Lorber (official U.S. website, including a trailer, stills, press, awards, and a director’s statement)
A Sanctuary and a Prison by A. O. Scott (The New York Times, June 24, 2010)
Dogtooth review by Philip French (The Observer, April 24, 2010)
Dogtooth review by Roger Ebert (July 7, 2010 )
And here’s one more appraisal from our own Amy Wilson.