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.
One part Brechtian experiment, and one part send up of America, Lars von Trier imported English language stars (including Nicole Kidman) and staged a 1930s gangsters’ tale in a studio stripped of all realism but blistered with turmoil. You’ve never seen anything like this!
I thought this was brilliant. I wanted to hate it because of it's up front artiness but I was totally gripped throughout. Going to stay with me for a while.
So upfront, clear and raw. It's a very refreshing film but brutal.
One of the most beautiful and disturbing indictments of Americana, and it's from a Dane. Whomever it came from, it's one of the most important films of last decade. And it has Nicole Kidman's best performance, so there's that.
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
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.