Monday, February 21, 2011

Kynodontas (Dogtooth) 2009

A (pitch)black comedy by Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos.  Not for the fainthearted, but a truly original look at a family obliviously held hostage by their despotic father.


Brilliantly shot and paced, Kynodontas has been commonly cited as a metaphor for the strangulation of personal liberties by autocratic regimes and an indictment against the paranoid, anachronistic tyrants that sit at their helm.  

 

 It also works as an exaggerated example of the claustrophobia induced by traditionally restrictive Mediterranean family politics.  For anyone who has spent time in Turkey, Greece, et al., this should be readily apparent. 


2 comments:

Isis said...

Gavin, please tell Nellie I didn't mean to imply she's on a diet - I know she hates shrimp.

Anyway, thanks for the tip on the film. Xox

Gavin said...

I told Nellie that she hates diet shrimp.