Greek provocateur Lanthimos plays psychological conditioning for twisted laughs in this ingeniuous and shockingly blunt satire on the nuclear family which inhabits a world that’s suggestive of a latter-day Buñuel film peopled by mini Kaspar Hausers. A happily married factory worker takes his duties as a father (of two twentysomething daughters and one son) to extreme measures by forbidding them to leave their sprawling homestead and strictly monitoring any interaction they have with the outside world. The geometric framing and odd, almost robotic performances place this in the realms of science fiction more than human drama, but its insights into the anomalies of power, influence and manipulation are penetrating to say the least. Highly recommended.
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