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Watched: 29 November

A particularly cold and unrelenting film by Yorgos Lanthimos, and one that confirms that the Greek director has been influenced by Michael Haneke in a more obvious fashion than his more recent brace of films. Dogtooth‘s actors perform with the same clipped, deadpan line delivery as those who appeared in, say, The Lobster, and this seems to have become Lanthimos’s calling card now, so it’s interesting to see it develop within this earlier work. There’s little overt comedy, though: this is a sad, bleak tale, focusing on a family whose father has kept his children locked within the family home for nearly all of their lives, except for some access to the garden (though that brief glimpse of freedom and the world beyond their compound has been carefully controlled by lies). I wish I liked it more, but I think Dogtooth is a film that I’ll have to admire from a distance, rather than love. (***½)

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  1. January 10, 2018

    I felt about this what you did about Stoker. I just never could get into it.

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