Dogtooth (2009)

Filed under : independent, review

Since I was in the mood for something a bit different and unique, I decided to check this movie out. And, let me tell you – it definitely was unique. But, in a disturbing kind of way.

Now, I had heard a few things about this film and how different it was from the rest. Though, I did not read any full reviews nor did I see the trailer. So, I guess you can say – I went into this film pretty much “cold turkey.”

(Note: I’ve mentioned before how there are times when I do see films “cold turkey” without reading the reviews or seeing the trailers where I’ve had both good and bad experiences like this movie. This is one of those times).

Let me just say, from the very beginning – this film was very disturbing. And, to be honest – I was not at all prepared for what I was about to see (as I had gone in without reading the reviews or seeing the trailer).

(Note: Maybe I should have looked at the movie poster before seeing the film. That would have probably given me a hint!).

Basically, this story is about a family who really seem to be in their own little world. And, by “their own little world” – I mean really far from reality. In essence, it seems like this particular family are in their own fantasy world. And, let me tell you – the fantasy is really a life based on seclusion and make believe.

At the heart of it, this film is really about the power of fear and the extreme effect of leading a sheltered life. In reality, this family was so isolated from mainstream society with no communication to the outside world (except for one small piece of technology limited to emergencies and only for parental use).

(Note: For those who have seen the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I don’t want to ruin it for everyone else).

In a way, this film had a lot of the same concepts as this movie. Very similar in nature.

At times, this movie was a bit slow. Though, it did keep my attention throughout. I kept wanting to know more, I kept wanting to know why. Why did this family live the way that they did? What was the reason for the isolation?

Throughout the film, it had me guessing. Was there a particular reason for living this type of life? What event sparked it? Yet, it left me with many of my questions unanswered. Was this a bad thing? Yes and no.

In a way, I wanted some closure to the film. But, there were a lot of things in the movie that were left up to interpretation. And, that includes – the ending.

(Note: For those who have seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I don’t want to spoil it for those who have not seen the movie, but let’s just say – I was at the edge of my seat at the end and was surprised yet disappointed at the same time as to how the movie ended).

Now, I just want to warn you – there are some very disturbing scenes and images in the film. If you’ve seen the poster and the trailer, you probably know by now. So, this is definitely not a film for the kids nor is it a film for those who just cannot stomach disturbing type movies. To be honest, there were just some scenes I just couldn’t watch – it was that disturbing.

Overall, I would say this is definitely a unique and weird type of movie. I’m not quite sure how to classify it myself. Though there were times the film was a bit slow, I did stick around to watch the entire movie as it kept me guessing and wondering “why.”

As for the end, I was really surprised yet disappointed. For me personally, I really wanted some closure to some of my unanswered questions. Yet, this film left a lot of things up to interpretation – including the ending.

(Note: Now, I know there are some who enjoy films with “open endings.” I have been told they make great dinner conversation pieces and make great conversation for after the movie. Though, I am just not one of them – I enjoy films that have a definite ending. But, that’s just me).

If you’re in the mood for something a bit different and can stomach disturbing type of movies, you may want to give this one a view. I can assure you that you’ve probably haven’t seen anything like this before.

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(Note: For those who have seen the film, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What did you think of the movie overall? What’s your take on the ending? Thanks for reading!)

Happy movie watching!

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