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Lars von Trier Dania, 1977

Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Orchid Gardener

Made by a talented student already familiar with the key works of Bergman, Fassbinder, Tarkovsky, etc - but too one-dimensional to compete with such vaunted influences - the film plays best as a cracked allegory on the themes of obsession, identity, guilt & decay. The inclusion of cross-dressing, animal cruelty, auto-erotic asphyxiation & Nazi chic show the young Trier's propensity for provocation to be fully formed.