Messed Up Movie Month: Mini Review – Dogtooth (2010)

I think the world would be a much better place if everyone were raised by my parents.  I don’t know if I’m the first person to ever make this bold proclamation, but it rings true nonetheless.  I don’t say this because I think my parents are in any way perfect — at least not in the typical nuclear family sense of the word — or because I’m the type of egomaniac that thinks a world full of people exactly like me would be a particularly enjoyable place to live.  Instead, I think the world would be a much better place if it’s entire population were raised by my parents simply because I don’t trust yours.  There’s this troubling fact in life that no matter how pure of a person you may be at the very moment you come into this world, the trajectory and ultimate outcome of your life is almost exclusively decided by two people.  Whats troubling about that fact is that more often than not those two people are the exact opposite of the types of people who deserve to be in control of someone’s life.  Dogtooth is a movie that takes that premise to it’s most gruesome, and disturbing conclusion.

Once again, Dogtooth is the type of movie I’m reluctant to really tell you anything about.  It’s a movie where ignorance truly is bliss — the less you know about this movie the better.  It’s a film about the disturbing implications of bad parenting.  It fluctuates beautifully between true-to-life horror, and pitch black humour.  It’s shot like Napolean Dynamite but plays more like something similar to Salo (yea, picture that movie in your head!).  It’s a movie you absolutely need to see, but must avoid showing to the people you care about at all costs.  Watch the film, and lets discuss it in the comments!

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Author:Ryan Crockett

Super-geek and cinephile, artist and writer, Ryan Crockett knows way too much about the French Revolution.

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2 Comments on “Messed Up Movie Month: Mini Review – Dogtooth (2010)”

  1. October 6, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    one little thing i like about dogtooth is that when i read/hear about the current political and economic situation in Greece, i feel as if i’ve spent at least an hour or two there, for context. not that the movie apples to anything going on there now, but at least i’ve seen and listened to some Greeks for a bit.

    • October 6, 2011 at 3:46 am #

      Haha, I would certainly hope the film’s picture of Greece is terribly innacurate though 😛

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