A mix of home-video and documentary, tells the story of a group of eccentrics in a Copenhagen suburb who find cathartic release in breaking limitations and bringing out their inner idiots. By doing so they attack middle-class sensibilities. An official Dogma-95 film.
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You should see the unedited version simply for the fact that it goes too far. And that's part of the point. These people get caught up in what they're doing, and are not in control like they thought. I also identified with the people in the film because I have done similar stupid things.
Arguably this is Von Trier's most misunderstood and debatable work in his now long career of being the professional agitator. Somehow much more controversial in my memory then rescreening now. Performances are solid and the 'dogme' limitations were brand new at the time offering their just rewards but the problem is in understanding the motivation of the characters outside the views of the interloper Karen.
An interesting exercise in abstraction. But, I can't help but feel that it runs on too long and doesn't go anywhere, but perhaps that's the point. I can't help but feel that von Trier could have made a better film. But I do respect this film and acknowledge its' boldness.
Shocking, abrasive and brilliant. Finally got around to watching this film by one of my all time favorite filmmakers and I must say I'm extremely impressed. It contained some of the most awkward comedic scenes I've ever seen in my life as well as some brilliant performances. And the ending is absolutely touching and beautiful in every sense of the word. Loved loved loved it.
Watching this film at 11 in the morning in a classroom with other 16 year-olds was an interesting experience. It was a bit too long and not as well structured as The Celebration but it was very striking and laugh-out-loud hilarious at times.