Wow, exactly! The same issues with Haneke are brought to mind here.
Another MUBI offering that certainly challenges the viewer. Reminiscent of the "The Village" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368447/ Dogtooth takes explores the consequences of a community in isolation to the extreme position of a community of a single family. I cannot say I enjoyed the movie, but then 24 hours later I am still reflecting on it and thinking about it.
Maybe too conspicuous in its determinism, but still an unsettling, discomforting and ironically aseptic flick. Haneke-ish, yet with its own identity, voice and charm. Very good choices in its construction too: strong lighting, slow pacing, unusual frameworks and slightly dark humor (that "Fly Me to the Moon" scene is priceless). Loved the fuck out of it. ~Mom, what is a "cunt"?
Many of the issues I have with Haneke are brought to mind here, but what elevate Dogtooth are the moments of sheer joy and levity brought on by something as simple as reciting dialogue from Jaws or Rocky. The world that the Father has created for his family is a fascist re-imagining of bourgeois normality, but there is still hope in Lanthimos's vision that a more powerful image still might puncture this sick façade.
The new words of the day are: "Sea", "Highway", "Road trip" and "Shotgun".
I find it strange to see many are quick to compare Lanthimos' style with that of Haneke's works when Kynodontas so obviously borrows from Pasolini's Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. That being said, and although it manages to pose questions of morality, sexuality, and power, Kynodontas makes for a much less provocative viewing experience.
This film was bizarre, obviously, but maybe a little too bizarre. I could appreciate them giving them different definitions of words and the father incorrectly translating sinatra...but other than that, this film didn't do much for me.
I liked the plot. Second half of the movie was more entertaining (or less boring). There were some awesome scenes. My favourite was, "dad translating frank sinatra". I loved the acting of elder girl in this movie, It was irritating movie but sometimes I thought it was so inert. 3,5.