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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

ΚΥΝΟΔΟΝΤΑΣ, a twisted tale


ΚΥΝΟΔΟΝΤΑΣ (Dogtooth) tells the tale of three siblings and their parents living in acute seclusion. The three teenagers lead a dysfunctional life in a twisted world created by the parents. Their daily routine is scrupulously planned and expected to be meticulously followed. Disobedience has brutal and violent consequences.  Their actions are governed by reward and punishment, forever imprinted in their minds as the golden truth. The concept of “Give and Take” is abused and exploited, pushed to the limits in disturbing ways.
The parents seemingly are the sole creators of this dystopia.  Words take on new implications as the parents deem appropriate. Hence, “Zombies” are little yellow flowers, the “Sea” is a huge armchair, the harmless cat a bloodthirsty predator and Frank Sinatra is the family’s grandfather. The force fed beliefs are terribly repulsive, more so for the blind acceptance of this perverse reality by the kids. 
This film holds no bars in tackling taboo topics of incest and violent rage. In scenes of a sexual intercourse between the siblings, it is probably not the visual which repels rather the nature of their relationship and their utter lack of understanding social norms. The family interaction seems primal, animalistic and grotesquely comical.
 
This extreme desolation may have been caused by some atrocity incurred by the mother, forcing them to shun the outside world turning them into fanatically protective dangerous maniacs.
Another oddity the parents inflict is a “Dogtooth”.  When the teenagers question this seclusion and express the need to go outside, the parents fabricate this tale about the canine being a “Dogtooth”, their freedom bound to the falling of this particular tooth. Naturally, this never happens, sealing the poor prisoner’s fate of being caged in forever. The most haunting situation occurs when the elder sister deliberately knocks her tooth off in despair and tries to escape, bleeding gleefully.
The film very convincingly takes ideas and effortlessly flips them into contradictions.  Dogtooth gathers all societal norms and contentiously destroys them to bits. Packed with robust performances, bizarre behaviour and a whimsical plot, ΚΥΝΟΔΟΝΤΑΣ is an eye opener.

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9 Comments:

  • Any insights as to why the parents behave this way? Why are they so anti-social? movie mein kuch bola hai :=) ?

    By Blogger niyati, at 6:03 PM  

  • Any reason given for the abnormal behaviour of these parents?

    By Blogger niyati, at 6:04 PM  

  • Well Niyati, its not explicitly mentioned, but in one scene, the parents talk about something that has happened to the mother. Not sure what that is, but their behavior is shocking!

    By Blogger Devyani, at 6:17 PM  

  • Did you make that picture...looks damn crazy and scary.
    I wonder what would so sadistic about these parents?

    By Blogger Nivipooh, at 12:47 AM  

  • Yes Nivi, I did this recently, you have to see the movie for their bizarre behavior.

    By Blogger Devyani, at 10:02 PM  

  • My God, this is crazy! I HAVE to watch this! Thanks for the heads-up :)

    Ps: I LOVE what you've done for Vicky Christina Barcelona -- it's one of my favourite movies, and I think the painting is something Maria-Elena would have been proud of :)

    By Blogger Sharanya, at 9:43 PM  

  • Thanks Sharanya, I aspire to be as crazy as Maria Elena! Love your favorite movie list :D

    By Blogger Devyani, at 9:58 PM  

  • The parents are desparate to keep the children within their control. They feel that if they set them free they will lose them to the "negative influences of todays society"! As typical of people who do not know how to love, they feel that affection is based on need: As long as they keep their children needy and dependant they will love them, if not they will lose them. It is a great metaphore for all kinds of "loving" families that are out there all around the wolrd.
    Great film, a must see really! Bravo!

    By Blogger Coop, at 3:35 PM  

  • The parents are desparate to keep the children within their control. They feel that if they set them free they will lose them to the "negative influences of todays society"! As typical of people who do not know how to love, they feel that affection is based on need: As long as they keep their children needy and dependant they will love them, if not they will lose them. It is a great metaphore for all kinds of distortioned "loving" families that are out there all around the wolrd. Great film, a must see really! Bravo!

    By Blogger Coop, at 3:36 PM  

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