By far, the best Lars Von Trier's movie. A masterpiece. Deep down, Von Trier is a comedian, but he simply won't admit it because his sense of humor is not for the hoi polloi - see his Cannes remarks about being a nazi.
I love the new still for this. Just off the subject, if I were to work in the offices of some pretigious company and I had to have a large picture on my wall, I would want it to be of me mounting one of my co-workers over my desk with a bold subtitling underneath reading: "THE BOSS OF IT ALL".
After the protracted tedium of his recent "Nymphomaniac" what a joy to discover this 2006 gem from Lars Von Trier. Who would have thought the Danish auteur to have quite such a gift for sharp inventive comedy. Imagine a Scandinavian adaptation of "The Office" infused with the spirit of Gogol and Kafka. The script, acting and direction are inspired and much of this is genuinely, perversely hilarious.
So obnoxiously and self-awaredly self-aware that it is utterly and definitely self-aware in its obnoxiousness. It does also have the dubious title of the first Trier film I definitely didn't like but still nevertheless appreciate for its ballsiness.
It's a good thing von Trier chose to set aside comedies and focus on drama films instead. A very promising cast, but the script is a little off, and by the end, the film gets pretty exhausting to watch.
"Life is a dogma film", says one character at one point and "The Boss Of It All" really does feel like so much navel-gazing. We never really get under the surface of the sitcom set-up and although there are individual moments that work, overall this feels self-indulgent and vacuous.