Dogtooth

This film is all kinds of weird.  I have no idea why it even got on to my list, but that’s not to say it wasn’t interesting to watch.

A father, mother and three teenage children live in isolation in the Greek countryside.  The father is the only one in the family who is allowed to leave the grounds of their home, and only one person from the outside ever enters.  She, ultimately, is the one who upsets the balance of the cocoon.

In trying to find out more about the film, I have found it described as an ‘erotic horror’ film.  It’s horror in the sense that the circumstance in which the family lives is horrific (despite the idyllic Greek sunshine and swimming pool).  There are some scenes of a highly sexual nature but they are by no means erotic.

This is a curious, at times grotesque and very singular film – watch it only if you are prepared to be challenged from the first scene to the last.

 

Attenberg

Hmm.  All the listings give the impression that this is a ‘coming of age’ film.  To an extent, I suppose, it is, but I wouldn’t say this is the driving narrative.

In the stifling environment of a small Greek costal resort out of season, Marina is dealing with her father’s terminal illness.  The outlet for her imagination is the series of documentaries by Sir David Attenborough (the Attenberg of the title).

Strange though this might be, for me this was the real essence of the story – animal instinct wins out.  Whether it’s sex, food or death, either they want us or we want them.

It was an odd film, with some odd characters, and left me a little bereft.  Much like the girl in the story, I should imagine.