Holy shit! this is one smart movie. Well if most of what we are - we learn from our parents then this family take the biscuit. Has the director made this film to question the very idea of the family as the bedrock of society - or is this just a very dark, twisted 'comedy'? who knows. Ha! could be read as an anti fascist or pro EU metaphor -thats pushing it I think. This will linger in my brain quite a while.
I was a bit disappointed in this. Everyone kept telling me how this film was immensely disturbing and obscure. Not disturbing so much as painstakingly dull. The ending, as with much of the film, leaves much to be desired.
Disturbed people in pastel shades. A society satire dealing with the subjects of reality and family education, with absurd situations that may makes us laugh, but we can't help but choke on our laughter as disturbance becomes too serious to be funny.
Lanthimos satirises overprotective parents who 'keep things in the family' in this deeply unsettling and subversive take on sheltered and isolated post-adolescents that are indoctrinated into an abusive life that includes incestual relations, violence and an obscure prohibition on the normalities of life. Think Ozon, think Solondz, think Haneke.
Far too saturated in that kind of ultra self-conscious, quirky, wink-wink, Wes Anderson-esque style that has so come to dominate mainstream art-cinema. Full review: http://cinephiledreams.blogspot.com/2013/11/dogtooth-2009.html