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DOGTOOTH aka KYNODONTAS
USA: Kino International
UK: Verve Pictures
Cast: Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Mary Tsoni, Anna Kalaitzidou
Director: Giorgos Lanthimos
Language: Greek (English subtitles)
USA: 94 mins
UK: 97 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains incest theme and infrequent real sex
USA Release Date: 25 June 2010 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 23 April 2010 (Limited Release)
DOGTOOTH is the ultimate example of parental control gone mad, when a mother (Michelle Valley) and father (Christos Stergioglou), desperate to shelter their three children from the outside world, create a self styled utopia inside the walls of their secluded compound.
The three children are extremely detached from the real world and have never ventured outside of the high compound walls, instead spending their days being educated and entertained within the limits of a strict and suppressive system devised by their patriarchal father.
Worryingly they have their own vocabulary and believe cats to be dangerous wild man eating predators, aeroplanes flying overhead to be toys and small yellow flowers to be zombies. When the father extends an invitation to a trusted outsider to stay and service his son's sexual urges, the domestic balance is disturbed and the protective bubble surrounding their lives soon implodes.