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Dogtooth (2009)

Kynodontas (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 11 November 2009 (Greece)
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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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Yorgos Lanthimos
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Cast

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The cat is the most feared animal there is!

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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:

$391,514
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The children's names are never given. 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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mother: The new words of the day are: "Sea", "Highway", "Road trip" and "Shotgun".
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Referenced in Set Me Free: Vol. I (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Pou na 'sai tora agapimeni
Performed by Christos Stergioglou
Composed by Nikos Gounaris
Lyrics by Kostas Kofiniotis
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about the ending -beware some spoilers
5 February 2011 | by expe67See all my reviews

i think the movie pretty much gives the solution for the ending.the girl has tried to escape but within the family rules.it is not important if she will escape because i do not think she knows what escape really means.she does not have the tools to make it to the outside world anyway.it is quite impossible to understand how she functions,and which rules are governing her actions.i think that the end just shows that her world is as empty and dark as the back of the car where she is.it is our own need to translate the movie into our world that we think of escape.it is of no importance if she 'makes it'or not.and that is the concept of the movie.but i also think that the director does not show her going out (whether she can or cannot) because that would mean a sense of freedom,and the movie's concept is totally against that kind of notion.


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