By far my favorite of Lars von Trier's films--the only one of his films I actually connect to. Bizarre dystopian serial killer story set in a decaying and waterlogged future where it is eternal night illuminated with a sickly sepia tone. Haunts you in the same way as a dream, hallucination, or nightmare.
A pearl of style, great work for a first long feature. Already pessimist. Strange I've never heard anybody speaking about Trier's debut films, they're very insightful. The movie itself sweat Tarkovskys references in style; those water dolly shots, the donkey in slow mo rolling, the icon figures shots, and the sepia tone. Close to Lopushanski works but before.
Deconstruction of european heritage as a brilliant prelude to LvTs trilogy shrouded with all it’s hazy components, all out sepia soaked, myth dripping, trance … something, but not a rigid criminology - a lit & film genre that were too deeply rooted within european, esp. german culture since Aufklärung. On this account it is on many levels self-referential; which is however a typical characteristic for a debut work.
Some of the most beautifully shot scenes in cinema! This film is clever and thoughtful and hypnotic. Lars Von Trier created a dark, wet universe in which the story unfolds of a man obsessed- haunted, even- by a string of murders and finding the man responsible for them, losing sense of his own identity along the way.
Efforts to imitate Tarkovsky seem juvenile; the landscape of a film like Stalker robbed of spiritual transcendence by an unrelenting post-modern cynicism. However, as a Borgesian procedural, in which themes of identity, culpability & performance are clearly broached, as well as an extended narrative of hypnotic suggestion, wherein the entire film takes place within the characters own subconscious, the film is unique.
A somewhat forgotten masterpiece. I was so happy when finally, after a long struggle, to get a hold of a DVD. It was such a pleasure to "own" it (by the time MUBI didn't exist ; ). When I saw it on TV I was so stunned I called all my friends if they saw it. But no. I still feel I'm the only one, well, one of the few... who really has seen this. It's really a film you want the world to see. To share.
İzlenmesi her ne kadar zor olsa da (özellikle atmosfer, ışık oyunları ve mekanlar açısından) genel olarak görülmesi gereken bir Trier filmi olduğunu düşünüyorum. İnsanı geren bir yapıt, yönetmenin isteği üzerine. Jenerikte çalan parça dışında hiç rahat vermiyor izleyiciye, bir de filmin içine serpiştirilmiş küçük animasyonlar :)
this movie wants some effort from audiences.For me İt needs time , I m sure another month or another year when I watch this movie , I m going to find new hints. the only problem thing is colour grading , this colours really really bothered me . I loved trier's melancholia , anti -christ , nymphomaniac but I can't say same things for this movie.
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The film certainly has its qualities with its beautiful neo-noir imagery and the mesmerising plot. The end result however is at times hilariously tacky, acting mainly terrible and the different bits and pieces don't always seem to be from the same film. Element of Crime seems rather like a high school film club flick, although an enjoyable one.