Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  95 min.
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (limited)
DVD: January 25, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 3.80
based on 20 votes and 4 reviews
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Cast: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Hristos Passalis, Anna Kalaitzidou


Three teenagers, confined to an isolated country estate, spend their days listening to homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their immediate family is instantly given a new meaning.

For instance, "sea" means a large armchair and "zombies" are little yellow flowers. Their controlling parents terrorize the teens into submission. Only the father can leave the estate, to earn money as a manager at a nearby factory. One outsider allowed on the premises—Christina, a woman who performs sex acts for the teenage son.

When Christina gets tired of the son and begins a lesbian affair with the elder daughter, it throws the household into chaos.

Director: Giorgos Lanthimos
Studio: Films We Like
Producer(s): Yorgos Tsourgiannis
Screenplay: Efthymis Filippou, Giorgos Lanthimos

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  • 5 stars "Great film."
  • 1 star "RUBBISH"
  • 4 stars "Bizarre family flick. Not a pleasant film, really disgusting in parts, but as an allegory it's thought provoking."
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