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Yorgos Lanthimos (2009)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Three siblings have lived their whole lives in a state of isolation in a remote villa, fed false information by their parents to leave them terrified of the outside world. The only outsider allowed in the house is a woman hired to satisfy the son's sexual urges - but when she sleeps with one of the daughters, the parents' control starts to fail. Satirical drama, with Christos Stergioglou and Michele Valley. In Greek.

Cast & Crew

Father Christos Stergioglou
Mother Michelle Valley
Older daughter Aggeliki Papoulia
Son Christos Passalis
Younger daughter Mary Tsoni
Christina Anna Kalaitzidou
Director Yorgos Lanthimos
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Other Information

Language: Greek +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Verve PicturesGuidance: Contains violence, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Apr 2010