Yorgos Lanthimos outstanding second feature is quietly making waves on it's far too limited release. Pinned at a jaunty angle between the most savage Von Trier and the coldest Haneke, Dogtooth frequently out does both of their finest efforts and in doing so also manages to infuse a sense of humor so original it almost makes you forget just how strange 90 minutes in a cinema can really be.
Stepping up to make the first film in Lars Von Trier's proposed Advanced Party trilogy, Andrea Arnold delivered a powerhouse of a debut feature film in Red Road, one which the Von had to admit in his gruff monotone, "...had massive balls". Though the other films (all to be set in Scotland, feature the same cast and to be written and directed by first time directors) are yet to be...
I've had many strange moments with Lars "Von" Trier.
I sat, soaking wet, in a thunderstorm at an outdoor cinema in Australia and cried like a baby at the end of Dancer in the Dark, I laughed so inappropriately at the orgy scene in The Idiots that I had to leave the cinema until it was over and I still can't watch the end of Breaking the Waves with anyone else...
Neil was born in the UK but weaned on cinema in the world's most isolated capital city (Perth, Australia). He moved to london in 2001 where he works as a film editor and writer. He has travelled widely and is passionate about cinema and music and can often be found waiting on line in the Brixton Sainbury's. This column is a little celluloid-like piece of him.