Lars Von Trier puts his soul into his films, its his way of indirectly expressing through allegory his feelings and ideals towards the world. With a nihilistic approach, Lars destroys socially constructed behavior and other aspects followed by society's norms in a deliberately provocative satire. As for dogme 95 Idioterne fulfilled its part with the cruel purity and 'rawness' of each character.
I think that Dogma 95 was marketing. However, Idioterne is a great film, a Foucaultian destruction of the insanity concept. This is an interesting essay on the stupidity of psychiatry, which is one of the less developed branches of medicine. Great work of the actors, director, and crew.
9/10 (26.10. 2017). adore with Trier`s problem of inner idiot in a world. pretend idiot when someone is really ill. pretend to escape from problems and suffer about it later. escape from problems to find even one way to live... Before watch the film i thought only about Dogma, but later Dogma manifesto became not only one reason for me when screenplay is so wondering, not only style of it.
Dogma 95 was a film movement where no artificial lights or any type of effects and music was allowed. The Idiots is an explosive film depicting a group of adults pretending to be mentally handicapped for their own personal self-expression. A zany film pushing the boundaries of filmmaking.
You can't watch Lars von Trier without getting angry and you can't watch Lars von Trier without your eyes glued to the screen. Watch this film on an empty stomach; marvel at its audaciousness; let it make you think but not too much. Prepare yourself for warts-and-all visuals and expertly built tension with purposefully meagre tools. Take it all with a pinch of salt; that's how it was made.
Denmark, one of the world's most developed countries, isn't just boring, it's unfeeling. How we behave is so socially constructed that if we deliberately act another way, a way without words, intellect, we might be able to feel more ("in vino veritas"). The rest of society, however, will surely stigmatize and reject you. The Idiots have disbanded. How many groups have they inspired?
I have to admit that most of the movie really bothered me for its tone, but then the last scene gave me a key to interpretate the whole movie and had to admire a kind of storytelling that purposelly doesn't want to help the viewer feel at ease, if such is the story it wants to tell.