Set in a small fictional town in the U.S. during the 1930s. Filmed in a studio with a minimal set, it tells the story of Grace, a young girl on the run from gangsters, who takes refuge in the small mining town of Dogville.
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a very compelling film; the viewer stays focused, though never trapped.. besides the narrative creativity, Von Trier seeks to meddle in human behavior and cruelty. it's a frightening and uncompromising demonstration of the human condition. Dogville is very literal and consciously involving; with a disturbing and discomforting ending that is thoughtful and consistent
a shockingly simple, yet beautiful film dealing with morals. when I saw the "setting" (or lack thereof) I was wondering if this would impact the film. what it did was make us focus on the dialogue and events within Dogville. the story is mesmerizing and as noted below me, three hours go by with out much notice. maybe my least-ranked of Lars' films but still worthwhile. great messages to be found here.
Easily one of the most thought-provoking films of all time. Dark and honest. The kind and vulnerable few are exploited and used by the common majority, optimism is arrogant, and we're all slaves to our brutish, primal natures.
My impression of LVT is that he's a clever conceptualist and empty provocateur, inventing new styles and using them to say nothing at all of value. But unlike Dancer or Melancholia, Dogville gripped me. Maybe the writing's better or the ideas are richer. Yes, it's a smug, borderline hateful vision of the US from a cinematic manipulator who's never been here. But this time, color me provoked. Or at least manipulated.
Essential cinema. Von Trier's theatrical artificial setting laid bare fully the contempt of human nature in this experimental, brave and naked masterpiece. Kidman had never been better as the fragile Grace who receives a lesson in the full extent of human 'kindness'. Cast is excellent across the board as is the narration by John Hurt. The threadbare conceit never wears out its welcome and is the key to its success.
For some reason, mubi pulls up films I've seen in the Ice Age close to my recent watches and i have no idea why. I don’t like this film. In Musil’s Young Torless book, a boy is caught stealing and has to go through a series of degrading experiences to redeem his misconduct, afraid he might otherwise be expelled from school. He accepts. He honestly thinks that at the end of the willingly undergone debasement, he will
a modern classic, a masterpiece through and through. a purely anti-capitalist film with each of the members of the town out for themselves, revealing the ugliness of their ambition. nicole kidman is amazing in this film, and becomes her character wholly. the direction is superb too, and the dialogue is always engaging. the entire cast makes this film exactly what it is, a perfect declaration of cinema.