I probably would not have seen this if I hadn't heard that Dogtooth was based on it. Clearly it was. I wonder why Ripstein hasn't sued? Or why Lanthimos didn't give him credit? Perhaps they settled out-of-court secretly. Anyway, I am glad I saw both films and I appreciate both. Although it is the same bizarre story, the treatment in each film is unique.
I talked to Ripstein about all this Dogtooth controversy today, and he said that when he heard Lanthimos had been nominated for the Oscar he thought of sending him a message saying: I heard about the nomination, I hope we win.
An epitome of Ripstein's masterful venture of the melodrama in sordid terrains, "El Castillo de la Pureza" critiques to its core the patriarchal maladies of Mexican society and its obscure masochistic aspects.
Una familia encerrada durante 18 años en la ciudad de México, escondiendose de los "pecados" de las personas del exterior, sólo el papá puede salir mientras los demás permanecen en su pequeño mundo. ¿Qué podría salir mal?