Academy Award Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film 2009 Winner Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival
“The true dark-horse nominee among this year’s foreign-language Oscar contenders, Dogtooth leaves bite marks that stick around long after you are released from its grip.” - Globe and Mail
“We watch on and on - sometimes in horror, often in confusion, and always in complete awe of its strange and perplexing energy.” - Cinemaphile.org
The staggeringly brilliant film that put Yorgos Lanthimos on the map in and in our hearts at Alamo. From our lens, he’s one of the greatest creative minds working in the business today.
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, plans the seeds of rebellion by trading VHS tapes for sexual favors.