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Double Bill: The Lobster + Dogtooth

The Double Bill: film recommendations inspired by what’s on screen this week at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Mar 23, 2016

Opening this weekend at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, The Lobster, a deliciously bizarre film from Greek director Yargos Lanthimos has everything you could ask for: a love story; a dystopian future with strict social rules; Colin Farrell. But what to do before you get your hungry hands on a Friday night ticket?

Put down the bib. Before you see The Lobster this weekend, you need to take a bite out of Dogtooth.

What lengths will a parent go to in order to protect their family? Dogtooth’s answer to the question is disturbing, extreme, and darkly funny: a family, isolated against the outside world struggles to keep their three adult children sequestered from modern life by any means necessary. In only his second feature film, Lanthimos cemented himself as a darkly comedic auteur, willing to take original concepts and push them into the most uncomfortable of situations. His style makes us laugh, even as we squirm.


1) Dogtooth won the Prix un certain regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. World consensus? It’s good.

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2) You’ll never look at cats the same way again.

3) There is a unique homage to Flashdance that just can’t be described in a list point.

4) Look at this poster. “Perfectly perverse”? A young woman is bleeding from the mouth, and the New York Times calls it “Hilarious”.

5) You’ll be in the perfect mood to enjoy Lanthimos’ latest feature, The Lobster, screening this weekend, only at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.