Dogtooth: My First Greek Movie


My mouth hung open in stunned astonishment as I watched this Greek film. I think it is the first Greek film I’ve seen, thank you Netflix. To say it was bizarre would be a slight understatement. For most of the movie I kept uttering ‘what the hell’ as I tried to figure out what was going on. In summary, the film is about an overprotective mother and father who keep their kids (for lack of a better word because they look to be in their late teens maybe very early 20’s) isolated from the rest of the world.

The parents home-school the children but everything is backwards and wrong. In one scene they are sitting at the dinner table and the daughter asks the mother to pass the telephone, which is actually the salt. The sea is living room couch, a zombie is a small yellow flower, and the vagina is a keyboard. The children consist of two girls and a boy, the children are led to believe there was another boy who was banished from the home because he was disobedient and lives on the other side of the bushes. The children are told they would not be ready to leave the home till their dogtooth falls out because the world would be too much for them.

I know, what the hell, right?

As baffling as the movie was it was very entertaining, funny, and triumphant. When the oldest girl gets a copy of Rocky and Flashdance she is ready for the world, dogtooth be damned.

This is an awesome little movie.


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