Dogtooth is a dark comedy about three teenagers kept under strict rule – and confined to their parents’ isolated country estate. But when a trusted outsider trades VHS tapes for sexual favors, this warped family finally spins out of control.
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A darkly funny look at three teenagers confined to their parents' isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen. 2011 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
In this acclaimed art house hit, three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. The father is the only family member who can leave the manicured lawns of their self-inflicted exile, earning their keep by managing a nearby factory, while the only outsider allowed on the premises is his colleague Christina, who is paid to relieve the son of his male urges. Tired of these dutiful acts of carnality, Christina enlists the elder daughter for provocative action, carelessly disturbing the domestic balance. Next stop: rebellion.
A hyper-stylized mixture of physical violence and verbal comedy, Dogtooth is a darkly funny look at three teenagers confined to their parents' isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen -- an inscrutable scenario that suggests a warped experiment in social conditioning and control. Terrorized into submission by their father, the children spend their days devising their own games and learning an invented vocabulary (a salt shaker is a "telephone," an armchair is "the sea") -- until a trusted outsider, brought in to satisfy the son's libidinal urges, starts offering forbidden VHS tapes in return for sexual favors.
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