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Kynodontas (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, 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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Cast

Credited cast:
... Father
... Mother
... Older Daughter (as Aggeliki Papoulia)
... Son
... Younger Daughter
... Christina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Colleague
... Secretary (as Athanasia Petropoulou)
... Dog trainer
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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 | Horror | Thriller

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,686, 27 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$110,248

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$384,147
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Trivia

Arturo Rispstein said he wanted to send a message to director Yorgos Lanthimos saying: "I hope we win" the night of the Oscars when this movie was nominated, suggesting that Lanthimos' movie was based on 'The castle of Purity' (1973) 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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References Rocky IV (1985) See more »

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Casino Blues
Written by Pierre Delanoë, René Denoncin and Jack Ledru
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Normality is out of the question.
24 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

I give up. After sitting in front of the computer for almost half an hour, tossing and turning thoughts in my head as I try to write something about my latest adventure at the Auckland International Film Festival – "Dogtooth", I've decided that it is not possible to do so.

What I will say is this: watching "Dogtooth" was one of the strangest experiences I've ever had. I have honestly never seen any other film like it. Sometimes hysterical, sometimes shockingly intense. It is a hypnotic trip that displays brilliant originality and borderlines pure insanity. In my humble opinion, it is a film that should be watched by every single person, for the experience alone. Sadly, like so many other gems, I'm almost certain that this film will never find a wide release, so, please do seek it out, I beg you all.

I am so glad that I watched the movie cold, as the only things I knew about the movie was a promotional photo and the fact that it's Greek, a decision that I believe made the experience even more powerful for me, and a decision that I advise you all to take.


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