Kynodontas | Dogtooth 2009

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos 

The stunning white light in this film makes it's dark heart almost undetectable. To get you in the spirit, it's worth first taking a look at Radford's adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 if you haven't already, just to see how Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos so startlingly again paints control, concentrating all this into the odd microcosm of a family home .  Using excellent cinematography, Thimios Bakatakis captures the sometimes warped ordinariness we unquestioningly accept as life and the implications of abandoning the world of manipulation. We're left altogether with deep, dark, stylized perfection, memorably portraying the creepy bliss of forcefully prolonged childhood. To say less, these are subtitles worth reading.

 

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