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Dogtooth (2009)



Drama, Thriller |

Dogtooth is a Greek drama film co-written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos about a husband and wife who keep their children ignorant of the world outside their property well into adulthood. The film stars Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni and Christos Passalis.

The film is Lanthimos’ second feature film and it won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.

A couple, their adult son and two adult daughters live in a fenced in compound. The children have no knowledge of the outside world; their parents say they will be ready to leave once they lose a dogtooth, and that one can only leave safely by car. The children entertain themselves with endurance games, such as keeping a finger in hot water. They believe they have a brother on the other side of the fence to whom they throw supplies or stones. The parents reward good behaviour with stickers and bad behaviour with violence.

The father pays a security guard at his factory, Christina, to come to the house and have sex with the son. Frustrated by the son’s refusal to give her cunnilingus, Christina trades her headband with the elder daughter in exchange for cunnilingus from her. The elder daughter convinces the younger daughter to lick her shoulder by bartering the headband.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writers: Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos

Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Christos Passalis


Christos StergioglouFather
Michele ValleyMother
Angeliki PapouliaOlder Daughter
Hristos PassalisSon
Mary TsoniYounger Daughter
Anna KalaitzidouChristina
Steve KrikrisColleague
Sissi PetropoulouSecretary
Alexander VoulgarisDog trainer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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