*No One Under 18 Will Be Admitted*
Part of Loft Staff Selects, a monthly series showcasing film favorites chosen by our amazing Loft Cinema staff! This month’s Loft Staff Selects film was chosen by Zach Breneman, Deputy Director!
“A stunner! Perfectly perverse … the most original nightmare in years.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
This utterly unique, utterly insane dark comedy/family drama from acclaimed Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) plunges viewers into a bizarre emotional netherworld never before seen. The intoxicatingly offbeat Dogtooth spins the story of three twenty-something “kids” confined to their parents isolated, fenced-in estate, and kept under strict rule and regimen – an inscrutable scenario suggesting a warped experiment in social conditioning. Living a reality that has been carefully bent to their controlling father’s strange specifications – they believe that airplanes flying overhead are actually toys, that cats are bloodthirsty killers, that zombies are small yellow flowers, etc. – the children believe that the world outside their familial fortress is a terrifying place that must be avoided at any cost. But when sex enters the picture, a rebellious plan is hatched that may bring it all crashing down. Fully utilizing every last inch of onscreen space, Lanthimos paints the blackest of portraits with austere, antiseptic visuals, and elicits a total commitment from his entire cast (once seen, the sisters’ twisted and frighteningly intense homage to Flashdance cannot soon be forgotten) that makes Dogtooth one of the most audacious films to ever be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. (Dir. by Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009, Greece, in Greek with English subtitles, 94 mins., Not Rated / No One Under 18 admitted)