Incredible blend of a theatrical play and cinema. The way it's executed makes this an unforgettable experience; it starts innocent getting progressively dark as the events unfold, exploring our very nature: morality, justice, desire for power and control. It dares to expose the primal survival instinct underlying our very actions, no matter if you're a "good" citizen or a gangster. Brutally honest - what an ending!
I’ve never seen a film like this before. A running time of 2 hours and 50 minutes- all done in one almost non-existent location seemed astonishingly brilliant to me. Furthermore, Dogville’s themes on society, capitalism & democracy were so well communicated. The characters were both painfully nice & brutally unforgiving. Just like society can be. Definitely will go watch more of Lars Von Trier’s films.
It would have been unforgettable just with the legendary mise-en-scène alone, but there's so much more to be found under the surface. Despite a couple of grotesque choices (Bill's invention, and what follows) the screenplay is so cynically human, so emotionally challenging. The inhabitants of Dogville, with all their tragic weaknesses and faults, are something both terrifying and universally relatable. Masterpiece.
[More like 4.5] The movie structure of this motion picture is the set itself: everything happening in front of the viewer is happening in front of the people in that world as well. As many have stated, the bluntness of the movie can be unsettling - as much as it would be trying to understand the mind of those that impose suffering on others: they might make sense, but that sense might lack morale.
Takes itself too seriously and doesn't work. Would work as a play, but not a very good one. Sadistic rubbish for the sake of sensationalism. Another rape victim film, without talking about the life-long consequences of being a rape victim. Makes me quite angry at the irresponsibility of it.
Von Trier's films make me sick! By it's cover it seems to be a great film with fresh idea. However, Von Trier tends to stuck in his general idea. I'm waiting an hour for some action and then I get another hour of the same film but realized differently. Maybe Von Trier should find a pal - Von Trier would come up with great enviroment/situation where he puts his characters and the pal would come up with action.
at first i think.. i came to find i hate this movie, and then i've been thinking it for 2 days and i was like, why would i hate this movie? i know it's brilliant, and i know i love this, it's lars von trier i said. every actor plays their part amazingly. and of course that ending should be my reason why i hate or why i love this movie.