Posted on 5/12/11 11:14 AM
This is a very perverse look at a warped, unconventional(to say the least) family. This is a horrifying and coldly humorous movie that will make some people weary of home schooling. The story is about a father, mother, brother and two sisters who live in a large home that is behind walls and a gate. Thae father has made the home a prison to the rest of the family, while he leaves the home to work and shop. He teaches his children the incorrect meaning to words while telling them that cats will eat them alive and that planes in the sky are toys. The children therefore operate on a completely unique and social dynamic where everything is based on a series of games and rituals with ever changing cryptic rules.
Most viewers will be quite disturbed with what goes on here, but to understand that the director Giorgios Lanthimos still keeps us far enough away from the even more unsettling and horrifying aspects in this dysfunctional family to protect the viewer in a way. Sure, many will have questions, but I think most will understand that the most offensive and strangest parts of the family occur off screen. Keeping the audience sheltered from all of the secrets and rules makes this a movie that is more of a commentary on society, rather than a movie that will alienate even the toughest and most adventurous movie lover. This is a fascinating film that once you start watching it, you have a difficult time turning it off. Certain scenes are quite unforgettable. Not recommended for the weak at heart.