Sunday, 8 July 2018

Idioterne (1998)

A group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves.

Lars von Trier's first (and only) film made in compliance with the Dogme 95 manifesto (which he co-authored) is in itself already a cynical and deliberately provocative satire, superfluously of society, but more of Dogme 95's objectives.

Halliwell (no star): "A talented director pushes his art in the wrong direction: this is a scrappily filmed satire on family life, both conventional and communal, where the cult leader is far more parasitical and controlling than his abused suburban counterparts."

Maltin*1/2: "Too dull to be controversial, this was the first Danish film shot under the "pure cinema" manifesto called Dogma 95; the results look about as groundbreaking in a modern context as Vitaphone. One character talks about trying to find his "inner idiot," which, of course, Jerry Lewis has been doing for half a century."

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