Greece 2009. 94 minutes.
Due to shipping problems we were not able to show this in November 2010, but as it’s cropped up in so many ‘Best Film of 2010‘ lists, we’re very keen that you get to watch this on the big screen.
It’s a darkly humorous insight into parental control gone mad. A mother and father so desperate to preserve their children’s innocence create a self-styled utopia within their secluded compound walls. Completely shut off from the outside world the now grown up children have their own vocabulary and believe cats to be man-eating predators.
When their father decides to invite a woman in to service his son’s sexual urges the domestic balance is irrevocably disturbed. It is only a matter of time before the walls of their superficially constructed world of childhood innocence and fantasy come tumbling down.
“With hints of Haneke’s ‘The Seventh Continent’, Ian McEwan’s ‘The Cement Garden’ and even ‘Lord of the Flies’, Lanthimos has crafted a stunningly provocative and at times witty play on the inspirations that make us who we are. All families live by their own rules, and this drama takes that idea to its perverse and shocking conclusion.” TIME OUT
“This is a film of great originality, a cumulative power and a basic oddness that you’ll either consider amazing or excruciatingly dull.” EVENING STANDARD
“A brilliant, disturbing and often frighteningly funny film” GUARDIAN