DOGTOOTH | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 92m 59s

Ratings Info Contains incest theme and infrequent real sex

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Giorgos Lanthimos

Cast includes Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Hristos Passalis, Anna Kalaitzidou

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 15/04/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

DOGTOOTH is a Greek language film in which a couple with three grown up children live together in an isolated house, where the father convinces his children that the world outside the house is deadly.


There is a scene of real sex in which a pornographic video is watched on a television screen. Brief shots of fellatio are seen. In a subsequent scene, two young adults engage in sexual foreplay, during which there is brief sight of masturbation. The brief real sex establishes the unusual and dysfunctional lifestyle that results from the isolation orchestrated by the dictatorial father, including incest.

The film also includes strong sex scenes without explicit detail.

There are also some scenes of violence perpetrated by the father. In one scene, he beats a woman who displeases him, and also beats one of his own daughters. These beatings do not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury.

The films also includes a sequence in which a cat is attacked with a pair of garden shears. There is an initial pounce as the cat is caught, followed by an aftermath shot of the dead animal. In order to satisfy our obligations under the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937, detailed assurances were sought from the film makers. These revealed that rubber shears were employed and that no animals were harmed.


Verve Pictures Ltd
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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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