The film is called “Kynodontas” or “Dogtooth.” It’s a foreign film from Greece, which looks absolutely original, something that is hard to find these days. It showed at Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Un Certain Regard, which is awarded to films that present a unique and stylistic vision. And after watching the trailer, I can see why it won.
Dogtooth is about a handful of teenagers that are so sheltered by their parents that they have never left their house. They speak in a strange, made-up language in which every word that would normally refer to the outside world means something different. For example, “telephone,” means “salt shaker.” Their “peaceful” existence is stirred up when the father brings a woman home to satisfy his son’s growing sexual needs. The woman begins to service the two sisters as well, unbeknownst to the parents, in exchange for VHS tapes of various movies, which sows the seeds of rebellion in the minds of the children.
The film is well shot, photographed on what looks like expired film (it looks like anamorphic 35mm). This gives the film a grainy, pastel look (which I adore) that is not uncommon to independent and foreign films. As for the story, the film looks weird as hell… And in my opinion, this is a good thing. The strangeness makes me feel intrigued and genuinely interested, which I have only felt with a few films lately, Inception for example.
The trailer is embedded below, courtesy of YouTube.