Dogtooth (2009)


“Soon your mother will give birth to two children and a dog. ” – Father

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Parents trying to shelter their three teenage children live with them in a secluded house and warn them of the dangers on the outside.

My Take on it – As most of you are already aware, I’m not the biggest fan of non-English Language films, but in order to try and expand my own horizons, I’ve recently tried seeing more films in the genre.

I’m not the biggest fan of Yogos Lanthimos’ film The Lobster (2016) and wasn’t particularly looking forward to seeing this film.

The fact that it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars intrigued me to see what it was all about.

This was such a horrendous film that made absolutely no sense to me at all.

The story itself is quite dull in its extremist view of sheltering children from bad outside influences.

Not much really happens in this film and it mostly feels quite claustrophobic in the way that it tells the story.

The methods shown here on how to try and shelter children seems quite hypocritical with regard as to what the parents are willing to expose to their children and what not.

After having seen this film, I now question how it was possible for people to vote for this film as one of the best 5 non-English language films of that year because this was truly one of the worst films I’ve seen in quite a long time.

Bottom Line – Horrendous film that makes almost no sense. The story is very dull and nothing really happens in order to make this story interesting at all. The extremism used by the characters in order to shelter their children seems quite hypocritical in regard to what they let them know and what they don’t. I’m completely baffled as to how this film was nominated for Best Foreign language film at the Oscars because it’s one of the worst films I’ve ever seen.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The inspiration for the film came about because of a discussion Yorgos Lanthimos was having with some friends who were about to get married. When Lanthimos expressed doubts about the institution and family itself, he was struck by the idea about what would happen to a man who went to the ultimate extreme of protecting his family. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (1/10)

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