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8,520 Ratings


Kynodontas | Κυνόδοντας

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Greece, 2009
Drama, Cult
  • Greek
  • English


A family go about their daily life, cut off from the rest of the world. The three children have never left their parents’ yard and are hemmed in by the boundaries imposed by their father. However, his strict regime eventually cannot be maintained, thanks to influences from the outside world.

Our take

A festival hit nominated for an Academy Award, Dogtooth is a darkly comic insight into a surreal world of parental control gone mad. As shocking and brutal as it is humorous, elegant and entertaining, Greek auteur Giorgos Lanthimos’ film is bold and inventive cinema.

Dogtooth Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2009 | 2 wins including: Award of the Youth

Academy Awards

2011 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Stirring, violent, and more than a little bit bizarre, Dogtooth is perhaps the foremost example of the new wave of Greek cinema – ominous, provocative, and surreal… From queasy incestuous moments to the culminating escape from the compound, Yorgos Lanthimos laces his debut with the slightest hint of mordant humour. Much like that of Lars von Trier, his work inspires the sort of laughter that comes with a flinch.
July 21, 2016
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Bitterly funny in its stark irony, the film nonetheless takes on added poignancy in the modern resurgence of reactionary fatherhood. It’s a domestic melodrama for the age of purity balls, a pressure cooker of enforced domicility that can only end in rupture.
June 05, 2015
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Dogtooth, by some queer magic or cinematic frisson, is funny. As the siblings perform a recital for their parents, the Eldest breaks the routine with an eclectic pop culture pastiche of dance moves. Reminiscent of Flashdance, Napoleon Dynamite, and the final scene of Beau travail all at once, her dance plays like a stilted exuberance—she is bursting at the seams of her being, but with what, she couldn’t say.
December 05, 2014
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