I miss living in a big city. Living in Kentucky is the ideal spot if you love horses and Dodge trucks but not so good if you're into movies, music, art or most anything else. Sure, the pace of life is slower but you miss out on a lot. There's no independent or foreign films in the local theaters, major musicians bypass the state entirely and if you want to see an art exhibition, you'd better plan on driving across the state line.
Take the Greek film, Dogtooth, for example. Here's one of the strangest movies ever made, which means it'll never play in my local theater. Kino International is distributing the film domestically and it's set to open in New York City later this month. From the Kino website:
Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth is a darkly funny look at three teenagers confined to their parents’ isolated country estate and kept under strict rule and regimen. Terrorized into submission by their father, the children spend their days learning an invented vocabulary and living in an absurdist, nightmarish experiment — until a trusted outsider, brought in to satisfy the son’s libidinal urges, starts trading VHS tapes for sexual favors. A hyper-stylized mixture of physical violence and verbal comedy, Dogtooth’s ruthless satire of middle-class mores heralds the arrival of an important new voice in world cinema.
Both trailers are very different but both are disturbing, bizarre and definitely nsfw. Meanwhile, I'll keep checking Amazon for the DVD release.