Dogtooth (2009) Movie Thoughts

Dogtooth – ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – Y (Yorgos Lanthimos) Dogtooth – Movie Review


Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filipppou (Screenplay)


  • Christos Stergioglou
  • Michele Valley
  • Angeliki Papoulia
  • Christos Passalis
  • Mary Tsoni

Plot: A controlling, manipulative father locks his three adult offspring in a state of perpetual childhood by keeping them prisoner within the sprawling family compound.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Dogtooth starts follows a father (Stergiuglou) and his children only known as Older Daughter (Papoulia), Younger Daughter (Tsoni) and Son (Passalis), as they live in a luxury remote home. The father brings home visitors to satisfy the needs of the family, but they aren’t allowed to leave the compound.

This sees things becoming more complicated as adult children become more curious about life. Leading to them being forced into things nobody should ever be put through.

Verdict on Dogtooth

Dogtooth is a very odd drama that pushes the limits to what to expect in cinema. It doesn’t hold back on the morally wrong incest going on in the film. However, the characters don’t know it is wrong.

It is hard to get into the deeper meaning behind most of the movie; by the end, it feels more uncomfortable in places. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, as the director has a unique vision that I am personally not a fan of.

Final Thoughts Dogtooth is a strange uncomfortable movie.

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