Giorgos Lanthimos, Greece, 2009, 94 min.
A father and mother have kept their children locked in their walled country home for years, teaching them absurd things and having them live with absurd rules.
It is strange, engaging, funny and shocking at times. Directed with a slow burn and acted with innocence. But is it weird of weird’s sake? It depends on what you get out of it. I think that it was a commentary on what could happen if you raise children based on a strict upbringing and arbitrary rules. Sound familiar?
This film wins the award “Best Dance Scene” for the eldest daughter’s soulful solo whirly-gig shimmy thing.