2010: #7 Dogtooth



Directed by: Giorgos Lanthimos
Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou
Starring: Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Hristos Passalis, Anna Kalaitzidou
Distributer: Kino International
Country: Greece
Language: Greek
Rating: Unrated
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 6/25/2010
Date seen: 2/3/2011
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $379,555
# of Oscar nominations: 1 (Foreign)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 3 (Original Screenplay, Comedy, Foreign)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Foreign)

[Ed. Note: original piece was lost, what follows was written retroactively in 2011] What would a year be without outlandish provocations?  A pretty boring year, that’s what.  But I’m not just honoring Dogtooth because it has cojones, I’m honoring it because I think it’s a very smart and very well made movie.  Specifically I view it as an allegory for totalitarianism, all the more daring because it uses the family as a unit subject to totalitarian rule rather than a country.  The film points out the ridiculousness of trying to keep outside information from being spread and the folly of isolationism.  It depicts all of this with a dark black streak of humor that seems both shocking and perverse.

#8 Year End Honors #6

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