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Kynodontas (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 11 November 2009 (Greece)
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:
Older Daughter (as Aggeliki Papoulia)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Secretary (as Athanasia Petropoulou)
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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The cat is the most feared animal there is!


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Release Date:

11 November 2009 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Dogtooth  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,686, 27 June 2010, Limited Release

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2.35 : 1
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The children's names are never given. 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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Referenced in O Cão (2010) See more »


S' aparnithika tris
Performed by Marinella
Composed by Kostas Hatzis
Lyrics by Sotia Tsotou
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10 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

I was expecting some kind of "The Village" film... Just to avoid spoiling.. The lights turned on, the credits were running and everyone was quiet and searching for answers in others looks. Its best surprise that I've got in years. You don't have to be special to watch it, just sit and you'll end it living it, even that it isn't your life. I appreciate latter how good the movie was when I realized that all the scenes didn't need background violins to drive your emotions to a certain field. Everything goes by itself naturally. I just registered to post this, as I couldn't believe those bad reviews. I'm a normal guy that doesn't read reviews, but this movie is different and I was curious about how would other people feel about it. Maybe its one of those that you just love or hate, but at the end you'll feel something that isn't indifference.

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