Living in a large house as their base, “The Idiots”, a group of young people, share one interest: idiocy. They spend all their spare time together exploring the hidden and less appreciated values of idiocy. The project is to confront society with their idiocy. By accident, Karen meets three members of the group and unintentionally gets involved in their little game. First she is angry, but eventually she begins to participate in their diversions. The leader of the group suggests then that they formalise the group’s solidarity. Everybody has to undergo the ultimate test at home, in front of their nearest and dearest, and which will separate the sheep from the goats. Karen is the last one of the group to undergo the test. –Cannes Film Festival
With a back-story (almost) as singular as his films, Danish director Lars von Trier was one of the most exceptional filmmakers to burst onto the international film scene in the 1990s. Unapologetically confident in his artistry and an unabashed provocateur, von Trier could kick up a fuss about his behavior, but his stylistic brio, extreme narratives, and ability with actors prevented such films as Zentropa (1991), The Kingdom (1994), Breaking the Waves (1996), and Dancer in the Dark (2000) from being eclipsed by their creator. Even as he openly sought a larger audience by making films in English, von Trier’s success helped resurrect Scandinavian cinema’s international prominence; his intense fear of flying ensured he’d never “go Hollywood.”
Raised by his radical, nudist Communist parents in an unconventional environment where, as von Trier once put it, everything was permitted except “feelings, religion and enjoyment,” von Trier blossomed into a neurotic, left-wing, movie-loving… read more
It is slowly dawning on me that Lars von Trier's goal through Dogme was to strip away all the pretentiousness and the surreal beauty of film to leave nothing but the purity of real life - so raw, so intense - enough to send a message. His every piece is a statement. It screams at you until you soak it in. And when you do, you are that bit more understanding of the world; a magical transformation.
so, did lars von trier predict how fucking stupid people would become? people living in the most ironic way possible, just for fucks sake. changing personalities like underwear. defending their stupid ways with false emotional and intelectual speeches. they act like the dump.fm crowd at a party. brilliant.
This film succeeds on so many levels.
It’s formal construction emphasizes the honest and powerful performances LvT was able to extract and provoke from an amazing cast. Whatever narrative, structural… read review