Posted on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
The last time we saw footage from Dogtooth, the Greek film by Yorgos Lanthimos that was a sensation at festivals last year, it was a NSFW foreign trailer. Now there’s a domestic trailer to advertise this story of extreme family disfunction. Amazingly, it actually makes the film look more insane than the explicit clip did.
To recap, the story takes place in the home of a married couple and their three adult children. We learn that the kids have never been outside, and that their parents have indoctrinated them into a weird, infantile and self-contained world where all references to things outside the house are twisted and words have whatever meaning the parents want.
The first minute of this trailer gets that idea across very handily. In fact, the whole set of crazy ideas that form the structure for this film are very much communicated by the trailer. This is a great display of editing. Generated quite a nice queasy feeling. If Splice wasn’t uncomfortable enough for you, keep an eye out for Dogtooth.
Kino International opens the film in New York City on June 25. I very much hope this one expands to other cities; I’m dying to see it in a proper cinema. Here’s Kino’s official synopsis:
A hyper-stylized mixture of physical violence and verbal comedy, DOGTOOTH is a darkly funny look at three teenagers confined to their parents’ isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen – an inscrutable scenario that suggests a warped experiment in social conditioning and control. Terrorized into submission by their father, the children spend their days devising their own games and learning an invented vocabulary (a salt shaker is a ‘telephone,’ an armchair is ‘the sea’) – until a trusted outsider, brought in to satisfy the son’s libidinal urges, plants the seeds of rebellion by trading VHS tapes for sexual favors.
While I wouldn’t say this trailer is NSFW, it is definitely on the confrontational side. So if you’re viewing somewhere where content might be an issue, best save it for later.
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