Thursday, January 27, 2011

Under 250: Dogtooth

There are no words that can adequately match the experience of watching Dogtooth for yourself.  No matter what synopsis or explanation I offer you, when you press play, it's going to take some time to connect the dots; and that's one puzzle you really need to solve on your own.  I don't want to spoil it by hacking away at the plot, because the journey is a spectacularly deranged one.  What I can tell you is that Dogtooth might be the most unexpected bit of WTF cinema I've seen from 2010.  It's wonderfully perverse, deliriously odd, and funny in a way that's about as pitch black as it gets.  I'm amazed, yet sort of oddly pleased, the Academy saw fit to recognize this in their foreign film category, for here is a homeschool satire with little rhyme or reason, but which keeps you on the edge of your seat for its duration.  Dogtooth isn't a thriller, but it never lets you get too comfortable, and will twist the limits of what you're prepared to accept as fodder for comedy.  This Greek film is politically incorrect, unapologetic, stark, sterile, and freaky-deaky.  It's a conversation piece that veers wildly between the goofy and the demonic, making your skin crawl and your nose crinkle one second as you laugh at the surreally absurd moments later.  There's nothing quite like it, and in hindsight, its nasty power only grows.





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