Dogtooth is an interesting film, one that won’t be enjoyed or even understood by many people. Dogtooth is definitely an art-house film. If you think films should entertain you with action scenes and plenty of explosions, stay away. If you’re easily offended, stay away. Dogtooth is a bizarre look at parenting gone to extremes, with a pseudo religious overtone. At times it is so deeply dark that it’s almost comedic, but as soon as you find your self laughing, it slams you over the head with a video player – quite literally.
If you’re not at times repulsed by this film I worry for you. But there is a beauty to the story, a warning that we can take things too far. There is a clear warning scream that challenges us to take note and look closely at our own lives.
As a tale of a family that essentially imprisons it’s adult children in a world where outside the homes compound like walls, killer cats prowl wanting only to dine on the flesh of the innocent. A world where daily objects are named to avoid telling the truth, a salt shaker is called a phone, because there is no contact with the outside world, a vagina is called a keyboard, but we’re not sure why.
The whole story is filmed in a plain, almost monotonous way, but this in turn forces you to watch intently what is going on and enables you to relate to the three siblings trapped by their parents insanity.
Secrets from the outside world however do slowly find ways in, and as such, a rebellion begins. It’s a rebellion that brings with it unintended humour and stark horror.
Dogtooth is a very human story, one that will grip you with it’s vice like grip, and will never let you go.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read