Familial explosions then implosion par excellence. Perhaps the best of the Dogma school - the approach is put to good use in this coldly baroque destruction of the perennially dysfunctional family. It works especially well on two main counts: we've all been there (if in a much lower gear) and the probing camera affords such a wonderfully nosey eye on the fire and ice that we feel like we probably are. Bludgeoning.
The use of handheld camera, however, is perhaps the most important element in conveying the general atmosphere of the film. The constant trembling and sharp movements of the camera in closed claustrophobic environments create the uneasy feeling that there is something constantly threatening to explode.
I love it because no punches are pulled. It's extreme.
I love any family that is more messed up than my own. My mom wants to be the matriarch of the family, but we won't let her. Everyone has delusions of grandeur. We still have our secrets, and may die with them.
Quite possibly one of the greatest movies I've ever seen in my life. I feel silly for not having seen it before. Extremely powerful. The camerawork is ingenious and extremely creative, in fact its some of the best cinematography I've ever seen in a film period. The acting was all around incredible, especially from the two brothers. Loved it on every possible level.
I can't think of one thing that I do not like about this movie. Everything was just so damn brilliant. The Dogme thing aside, I think it was very well shot. Loved how unapologetically fucked up all the characters were.
It's just too good.
If you haven't watched it yet, why the hell not?
I cant help but admire this movie for being the first full blown Dogme film. It's a film without the normal, expected growth of everday films. The structure and melodrama and characters and aesthetics come from a desperation for creative survival. Good job!