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Dogtooth (2009) More at IMDbPro »Kynodontas (original title)

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Dogtooth -- A hyper-stylized mixture of physical violence and verbal comedy, Dogtooth is a darkly funny look at three teenagers confined to their parents' isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen -- an inscrutable scenario that suggests a warped experiment in social conditioning and control. Terrorized into submission by their father, the children spend their days devising their own games and learning an invented vocabulary (a salt shaker is a "telephone," an armchair is "the sea") -- until a trusted outsider, brought in to satisfy the son's libidinal urges, starts offering forbidden VHS tapes in return for sexual favors.

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Release Date:
11 November 2009 (Greece) See more »
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Tagline:
The cat is the most feared animal there is!
Plot:
Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 17 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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(14 articles)
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 (From ShockYa. 22 June 2012, 3:12 AM, PDT)

Toronto Review | Yorgos Lanthimos' "Alps" Is "Dogtooth" Without Teeth, But Plenty of Bite
 (From Indiewire. 15 September 2011, 6:00 AM, PDT)

Dogtooth (Kynodontas)
 (From Scorecard Review. 16 March 2011, 9:26 PM, PDT)

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Strange, disturbing, brilliant See more (160 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Christos Stergioglou ... Father
Michele Valley ... Mother

Angeliki Papoulia ... Older Daughter (as Aggeliki Papoulia)

Hristos Passalis ... Son

Mary Tsoni ... Younger Daughter
Anna Kalaitzidou ... Christina
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Krikris ... Colleague
Sissy Petropoulou ... Secretary (as Athanasia Petropoulou)
Alexander Voulgaris ... Dog trainer

Directed by
Yorgos Lanthimos 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Efthymis Filippou  writer
Yorgos Lanthimos  writer

Produced by
Yorgos Lanthimos .... co-producer
Iraklis Mavroidis .... executive producer
Athina Rachel Tsangari .... associate producer
Yorgos Tsourgiannis .... producer
Angelos Venetis .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Thimios Bakatakis 
 
Film Editing by
Yorgos Mavropsaridis 
 
Casting by
Christina Akzoti 
Alex Kelly 
 
Set Decoration by
Elli Papageorgakopoulou 
 
Costume Design by
Elli Papageorgakopoulou 
 
Makeup Department
Vanessa Nerkanidou .... hair stylist
Sissy Petropoulou .... makeup artist (as Athanasia Petropoulou)
 
Production Management
Stavros Hrysogiannis .... production manager
Kolisoglou Olga .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christos Nikou .... second assistant director
Kostas Papadakis .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Magdalini Avgerinou .... set dresser
Dafni Iliopoulou .... set dresser
Dimitris Theoharis .... construction coordinator
Kyriaki Tsitsa .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Leandros Ntounis .... production sound mixer
Leandros Ntounis .... sound designer (uncredited)
George Ramantanis .... final mixer
Dimitris Rouhitsas .... boom operator
Yiannis Skandamis .... final mixer
 
Special Effects by
George Alahouzos .... special effects
Roulis Alahouzos .... special effects
Michalis Samiotis .... rain special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christos Douros .... first assistant camera
Thanasis Gogas .... electrician
Aggelos Mantzios .... second assistant camera
Giorgos Metaxas .... first assistant camera
Yiannis Papadakis .... grip equipment
Mihalis Rokos .... lighting technician
Thomas Varvias .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Magdalini Avgerinou .... assistant costume designer
Dafni Iliopoulou .... assistant costume designer
Kyriaki Tsitsa .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Vangelis Gousias .... negative cutter
Nikos Katoufas .... colorist
Ioanna Pogiantzi .... assistant editor
Tony Ford .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Giorgos Bikas .... production assistant
Nikos Borova .... production assistant
Maria Gizeli .... location manager
Angela Grimani .... receptionist
Theodoros Haralabidis .... runner
Vicky Miha .... assistant to producer
Christos Nikou .... script supervisor
Dimitris Nomikos .... titles typography
Maria Panaritou .... accountant
Gerasimos Pantos .... water truck operator
Sofia Papoulakou .... production secretary
Vasilis Parasamlis .... production assistant
Hristina Pigaki .... legal advisor
Hristos Pilatakis .... insurer
Kyriaki Symertziadou .... accountant
Dimitris Tolias .... accountant
Nikos Tsiolas .... production assistant
Sotiris Tsioutas .... accountant
 
Thanks
Dionysis Agalianos .... thanks
Giannis Basibaglis .... thanks
Vanessa Ferle .... thanks
Anna Georgiadou .... thanks
Dimitris Halkiadakis .... thanks
Behrooz Hashemian .... thanks
Giannis Houvardas .... thanks
Hristina Hristoforou .... thanks
Dennis Iliadis .... thanks
Coti K. .... thanks
Panagiotis Kalakos .... thanks
Stelios Kalergis .... thanks
Kostas Katintzaros .... thanks
Elena Konstantinidou .... thanks (as Eleana Konstadinidou)
Panos Koronis .... thanks
Kalina Kyratsouli .... thanks
Stelios Likouresis .... thanks
Zoi Lisgara .... thanks
Babis Makridis .... thanks
Vasilis Marmatakis .... thanks
Olga Massa .... thanks
Mikis Modianos .... thanks
Giola Nene .... thanks
Panagiotis Pantelatos .... thanks
Olga Papada .... thanks
Dina Papadimitriou .... thanks
Flora Papageorgakopoulou .... thanks
Dimitris Papaioannou .... thanks
Katerina Papanagiotou .... thanks
Thanos Papastergiou .... thanks
Simos Sarketzis .... thanks
Giorgos Serdaris .... thanks
Anthi Skorda .... thanks
Spooky .... thanks
Foteini Vasilopoulou .... thanks
Christine Vlachos .... thanks
Alexander Voulgaris .... thanks
Antonis Xenos .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kynodontas" - Greece (original title)
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Runtime:
94 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Hong Kong:III (Hong Kong International Film Festival) | Ireland:18 | Japan:R18+ | Japan:R15+ (edited version) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/18 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The children's names are never given.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mother:The new words of the day are: "Sea", "Highway", "Road trip" and "Shotgun".
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Movie Connections:
References El castillo de la pureza (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pou na 'sai tora agapimeniSee more »

FAQ

Why does the father tell them that "your brother died"?
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49 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Strange, disturbing, brilliant, 15 January 2011
Author: Penelope Cappa from Greece

In Greece, when talking about Greek movies we like, one of the expressions we mostly use is "it was good, for a Greek movie". I am glad to say that this one was good, period. It is definitely not an easy movie to watch, as it can be really intense and deals with one or two traditionally taboo issues, but it is definitely worth giving it a chance. For me it has been a completely surreal experience, best described as stepping into a world as peaceful as heaven and as confining as hell, where things seem to work in their own whimsical way, leaving me with a constant bafflement as to what is to come next. I honestly did not realize how time went by and, when it all came to an end, I found myself asking for more. This is a movie that disturbed, moved and fascinated me while I was watching it and made me think after having watched it. It is surreal, it is symbolic (it could definitely be seen from a political point of view), it is ironic and at times it can be unexpectedly funny in a dark, twisted way. Directing it in a "dry", "strict" manner, as if just trying to capture the events that take place, was definitely a perfect choice, as was the complete absence of music. The actors did a great job at acting in the emotionally detached manner that was required plus, I have to say, it probably took lots of guts for them to do some of their most "awkward" scenes. All in all, I would say I admired the artistic integrity of the director and actors and their dedication to getting across the main idea and the atmosphere of this movie.

I don't really know how I could classify "Dogtooth". Is it a drama? (Well for a drama it is kind of under-plotted.) Is it a comedy? (It is definitely not a comedy, even when you laugh you are still disturbed by the absurdity of it all.) Is it horror? (It is not horror, it's just a horrific situation but everything, the horror, the violence etc is mostly implied.) Is it fantasy? (Well it is an alternate reality, but mind you this is a family that kind of looks "normal" on the outside!) So really, I give up. It's just a really strange, really intriguing movie, one that in my opinion is definitely worth your time.

Oh and one more thing: it is also one of these movies that it is best to know the least things possible before you see them. Quite a few things (particularly the funny ones) are based on shock value - not that the whole movie is based on shock value, of course. If you ask me, even the theatrical trailers show too much.

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