Project Willow wrote:Hey Jack,
I'd like to know if you notice anyone treating you differently because of your new avatar.
BTW, you look real cute honey.
brekin wrote:Everybody the culture wars are closed for the weekend.
Nothing any of us post can compete with a walk in the
summer sunshine. Have a good weekend.
JackRiddler wrote:Project Willow wrote:Thanks justdrew. I was thinking of high school and negative set-ups and after being at a party all night I just couldn't see through the fog. Sorry that it felt exclusionary to some folks. But really jack, after you went off to work you let this one die.
Coming soon, I'm pretty sure:
Dogtooth II: The Essay
Rory wrote:Hey, Jack: Did you ever coalesce your thoughts regarding this film? I read through this thread and saw that you provoked and nurtured the discussion but didn't state your own thoughts/interpretations!
I would be very intrigued to see them written here, if you have the time to do so
Project Willow » Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:33 pm wrote:
Dogtooth was a surprising, lovely, subtle little film that explored a nearly absolute system of control. Among its strengths is that it is possible to read the film literally, that such a family exists or has existed, and it is also possible to interpret the story as a metaphorical exploration of broader and more familiar systems of control.
I liked that its ending was indeterminate, I'd rather not know whether Bruce got out of the trunk, that's where I get to let my imagination wander or my experience play over what the filmmaker might have had in mind. The climax of the film... spoiler warning here... when she removes her dogtooth, to my mind, was quite perfect, in terms of the story arch and what I interpreted to be the act's most obvious motivation. It comes after she has been assigned the task of sexually servicing her brother. Despite all the control in place, there is some central part of her being that then rebels. What's even more powerful is that while she rebels it is evident that she probably couldn't identify or articulate why. This is a profound testament to the human spirit, that there exists at some non-verbal, base level an instinct to be inviolate.
But here I am only attempting, and rather weakly, to put voice to essential plot nodes or generalities, as I see them.
I can imagine how the film might be a potent metaphor for the types of control many people experience as part of living in this age and in this culture. I would enjoy a discussion of those parallels, but I couldn't contribute very much to it. Since I have experienced more direct and overt forms of control in my life, it was more natural and satisfying to me to interpret the film in a literal sense, as if I were watching a documentary about an abusive family.
Anyway, I would wager one major commonality we share here is the waste of our intellectual and creative gifts during the hours, days, months, and years we're forced to perform various unrelated, tedious, and unsatisfying labors in pursuit of economic subsistence. On that note, I wish you a very tolerable Wednesday.
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