• 18
  • Yorgos Lanthimos (2009)
  • Gr (SUB)
  • 92 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This enigmatic little Greek nightmare about a dysfunctional family is pitched halfway between horror and satire. Three "children" (though they look to be in their early 20s) live their lives holed up in an expansive villa, where they are constantly fed misinformation by their parents - the word for saltcellar is "telephone" and cats are ravening beasts from outside who will devour them. They remain in a state of innocence, ignorance and fear until a woman brought into the home by "Father" (no names are used) in order to provide sex for "Son" upsets the weird dynamic. Reminiscent of the work of Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier, director Yorgos Lanthimos's film is disquieting, provocative and either frustratingly ambiguous or richly allegorical depending on your point of view. And because of a couple of extremely graphic but entirely unerotic sex scenes and a few moments of explosive violence, it's recommended for those with a reasonably strong constitution.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Christos Stergioglou. In modern-day Greece, a husband and wife have raised their children in total isolation, telling them lies about the outside world and arresting their development. But when a stranger is brought into their hermetic environment, the siblings' curiosity threatens to get the better of them.

Cast and crew


Christos Stergioglou
Michelle Valley
Older daughter
Aggeliki Papoulia
Christos Passalis
Younger daughter
Mary Tsoni
Anna Kalaitzidou


Yorgos Lanthimos

Other Information

Greek +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Verve Pictures
Contains violence, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Apr 2010
Certificate 18