November 11th, 2009



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Still of Hristos Passalis in DogtoothStill of Mary Tsoni in DogtoothStill of Aggeliki Papoulia in DogtoothStill of Aggeliki Papoulia and Mary Tsoni in DogtoothDogtoothStill of Aggeliki Papoulia in Dogtooth

Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet...

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.2/10 (14,798 voted)

Critic's Score: 73/100

Director: Giorgos Lanthimos

Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia

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. Hence 'the sea' refers to a large armchair and 'zombies' are little yellow flowers. Having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the über-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission. 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 disturbs the domestic balance.

Writers: Giorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou

Christos Stergioglou - Father
Michele Valley - Mother
Aggeliki Papoulia - Older Daughter
Mary Tsoni - Younger Daughter
Hristos Passalis - Son
Anna Kalaitzidou - Christina
Alexander Voulgaris - Dog trainer


Official Website: Official site (Greek) | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 11 November 2009

Opening Weekend: $6,686 (USA) (27 June 2010) (2 Screens)

Gross: $110,197 (USA) (20 March 2011)

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Did You Know?

In 2011 it became only the 5th ever Greek film to be nominated for an Oscar. The last film nominated from Greece was Iphigenia.

Continuity: In the bathroom scene, where the girl is trying to remove her tooth, when the girl is hitting her mouth in front of the mirror with the dumbbell, as she is laughing, blood running in her jaw, after the cut, her jaw is clear without blood.

[first lines]
Mother: The new words of the day are: "Sea", "Highway", "Road trip" and "Shotgun".

User Review

Normality is out of the question.

Rating: 8/10

I give up. After sitting in front of the computer for almost half an hour, tossing and turning thoughts in my head as I try to write something about my latest adventure at the Auckland International Film Festival – "Dogtooth", I've decided that it is not possible to do so.

What I will say is this: watching "Dogtooth" was one of the strangest experiences I've ever had. I have honestly never seen any other film like it. Sometimes hysterical, sometimes shockingly intense. It is a hypnotic trip that displays brilliant originality and borderlines pure insanity. In my humble opinion, it is a film that should be watched by every single person, for the experience alone. Sadly, like so many other gems, I'm almost certain that this film will never find a wide release, so, please do seek it out, I beg you all.

I am so glad that I watched the movie cold, as the only things I knew about the movie was a promotional photo and the fact that it's Greek, a decision that I believe made the experience even more powerful for me, and a decision that I advise you all to take.


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