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Dogtooth (2009)
"Kynodontas" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  11 November 2009 (Greece)
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Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.


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Credited cast:
Christos Stergioglou ...
Michele Valley ...
Older Daughter (as Aggeliki Papoulia)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Krikris ...
Sissy Petropoulou ...
Secretary (as Athanasia Petropoulou)
Alexander Voulgaris ...
Dog trainer


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. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

11 November 2009 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Dogtooth  »

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Opening Weekend:

$6,686 (USA) (25 June 2010)


$110,197 (USA) (18 March 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The inspiration for the film came about because of a discussion Yorgos Lanthimos was having with some friends who were about to get married. When Lanthimos expressed doubts about the institution and family itself, he was struck by the idea about what would happen to a man who went to the ultimate extreme of protecting his family. See more »


In the bathroom scene where the girl is trying to remove her tooth, the girl hits her mouth in front of the mirror with the dumbbell; she laughs and blood runs down her jaw; however, after the cut, the blood disappears. See more »


[first lines]
Mother: The new words of the day are: "Sea", "Highway", "Road trip" and "Shotgun".
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Pou na 'sai tora agapimeni
Performed by Christos Stergioglou
Composed by Nikos Gounaris
Lyrics by Kostas Kofiniotis
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11 October 2009 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Boy,am I upset with the Sitges Film festival Jurors this year!!! So this film is not for everyone, but if you like realistic and paced films, are not bothered by highly explicit scenes, don't mind taboo subjects, like independent film and are into original stories.... this is the movie for you. I've read negative comments about this movie. I get it. It's not the most easy movie to watch, but I haven't been this pleasantly surprised in a long time. Saw this in Sitges with a packed audience, and I believe most of the people there were glued to the screen and didn't want to see the film end. Surreal, emotional, cruel, realistic and beautiful would be the words I would use to describe this picture. At first you don't really understand what's going on or where you're at, but soon find yourself submerged in the sad and pathetic life of a disturbed family. This is definitely one of the most important indie films of the year; aside from the original and highly meaningful story, the film if impeccably made with astounding performances. Shame on the Sitges film festival! This movie deserved the best actress and the special critics award. And I say that on behalf of most of the other people who were at the festival.

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