A controlling, manipulative father locks his three adult offspring in a state of perpetual childhood by keeping them prisoner within the sprawling family compound.

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Yorgos Lanthimos
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Credited cast:
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
Sissi Petropoulou ... Secretary (as Athanasia Petropoulou)
Alexander Voulgaris ... Dog trainer
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Storyline

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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Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Because the subject matter was so claustrophobic, the choice was made to set the film in as big and expansive a house as the production could find, complete with swimming pool and enormous garden. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[first lines]
Mother: The new words of the day are: "Sea", "Highway", "Road trip" and "Shotgun".
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Casino Blues
Music by René Denoncin and Jack Ledru
Lyrics by Pierre Delanoë
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Not that strange or removed from anyones reality
13 May 2010 | by riffraffrichardSee all my reviews

A whole language of deceit is created by a father to make sure that his family don't venture into the unknown which he fears will corrupt them. This film talks about the myths and lies we are told to maintain status quo and the appearance of stability and normality. It explores the abuse of protecting a child from outside influences to the extreme of denying human instincts and inquisitiveness about their world. Its shows how telling children lies for their own safety makes them fearful of the world and patronises there innate understanding about life. Its amazing because it creates a world with an absurd, fully realised, vocabulary that is completely understood by the members of this family ; its surreal nature forces you to question the oddness and the parameters of your own existence. A life unquestioned and unexplored leads to a stagnant swamp of confusion.


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Country:

Greece

Language:

Greek

Release Date:

11 November 2009 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogtooth See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,686, 27 June 2010

Gross USA:

$110,248

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$636,686
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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