Awarded the Un Certain Regard prize at last year’s Cannes and riding a wave of positive critical response from festival to festival, Yorgos Lanthimos’ dysfunctional Greek family feature Dogtooth is an uncomfortable and darkly comedic watch. We discuss the hard road of Greek filmmaking and the power of education in shaping personality and beliefs.

Dogtooth (2009)

Dogtooth is a darkly comic insight into a surreal world of parental control gone mad. Three teenagers are grounded in an alternate world by their overprotective parents, when a female outsider bursts into their bizarre family bubble, with shocking and strangely amusing results.

What’s more interesting to me is to be able to observe how possible it is to control people’s minds & really distort their perception about the world they live in with the information that you give them.

21 Responses to DN162: Dogtooth – Yorgos Lanthimos

  1. HarryTuttle says:

    Formidable film! Thanks for this nice interview.
    I would have appreciated a question about Arturo Ripstein’s El Castillo de la Pureza (1973) maybe…

  2. MarBelle says:

    Glad you enjoyed it. I was unaware of El Castillo de la Pureza, but sounds very similar in premise. Looks like it’s currently out of print, but a film I’d be eager to see when it’s available again.

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