Is it Von Trier's most acclaimed because we didn't know better? This tragedy about different definitions of love has the ingredients of purity, but with the increasing, nagging suspicion that its grandest statements are a put-on. Over the years, Von Trier has simulated the mantle of a Dreyer or a Tarkovsky. Go back and look at his moments of mischief, and he may have missed his true calling to make feel-good movies.
There are numerous movies about crippled husbands who beg their wives to go on to explore their own sexuality with other men, but few films had managed to do it as realistic and Catholic religious as Lars von Trier. A film with all his fingerprints on it: the documentaric no-music style, the numerous chapters telling mini-stories, frank sexscenes and fabulous attention to acting. A hard but rewarding watch.