Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace (Nicole Kidman) hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.
"Evil can arise anywhere, as long as the situation is right." So says Lars von Trier on his own quiet, sly and quite frankly brilliant work, Dogville. A simple clean stage and a camera that focuses on nothing more than what it needs to, placed perfectly as if we're watching a book unfold. Classical music plays and a calming narrator reads text loaded with its own deeply dark edge of humor, as a tale of natural human vileness unfolds with an unmatched originality and extreme minimalistic beauty.
Dogville is dirty, harsh, dark and grim, and the slow decent into this in the almost three hour run time is disheartening in its human cruelty - made not unbearable by only the…
I’m blurting this review out just minutes after watching. Something I don’t normally do, but I just can’t contain myself, and know I’m going to have to re-watch more than once to write a proper one. Please excuse the ramblings.
Dogville has been hanging over my head for a while now. As per my usual practice, I tried to avoid any pre knowledge. All I knew is that a: it was Lars Von Trier, b: it was 3 hours long, c: it starred Nicole Kidman, and d: worst of all, it had ShakyCam. Not a good start. I have a mixed history with Von Trier, and I’ve only seen two of his films, Melancholia, which I quite liked, but was…
Holy hell. Dogville is as close to a visceral, visual depiction of pure, unfocused hatred as I have ever seen. It is not depressing, it is not sad, it's just mean. It is not misogynist, misandrist, or even anti-American; this is misanthropy, plain and simple. Here is the reduction of the flaws within every living human into their vilest essence, turning mankind into little more than, you guessed it, a dog - one that doesn't know right from wrong, and one that must be dissuaded from instinct and nature to perform in ways deemed appropriate by self-proclaimed moral superiors. Thus returns the familiar question of 'why' behind the film's production - as far as I can tell, the 'why' is…
Part lovely fable, part moral archaeology, part mirror, it delivers a scathing judgment on human nature, moral righteousness, greed and selfishness. And that isn't the half of it. An overt condemnation of consumerism, capitalism, and American imperialism, it lambasts every part of human nature exploited by capitalist societies.
It explores all of this in the form of a fable about Grace, a young woman of privilege who escapes to all-American small town Dogville, where the simple people living in hard times are romanticized to the point where Grace fails to see their human failings and forgives them anything because she owes them and because she is arrogant enough to believe that people living through hard times should be forgiven for…
Those who remember my half a star ‘Melancholia’ review of a few weeks back know how I’m fully capable of hating on Lars von Tier, self-proclaimed legendary filmmaker with a catalogue featuring some of the strangest films (that are actually being watched) in modern history. For me to dislike something to the extent that I rate it that low, something about the movie must entirely put me off and only an extremely bad or an extremely good director can do so in my book. Lars von Tier is the latter kind of film-maker and proves to be so with this 2003 career-output: ‘Dogville’. Set forth in nine chapters and a prologue, it chronicles the years spend in the titular village…
Dogville is in no way a standard film and likely won't appeal to many. But Von Trier is so inventive, so outlandish and so filled with energy he has to at least be admired.
Interessante. Apesar dessa característica, muitas vezes, soar pouco virtuosa ou sugerir ignorância na ausência de algo melhor a ser dito, foi inevitável ao fim de “Dogville” que essa palavra fosse a única que conseguisse traduzir de imediato o meu sentimento com relação ao filme, afinal acompanhar e interpretar esta obra de Lars Von Trier é uma tarefa das mais desafiadoras e subitamente considerar o filme interessante me pareceu a saída mais eficiente.
Grace (Nicole Kidman) é uma jovem americana que misteriosamente acaba chegando à pacata cidade de Dogville que se resume a um pouco mais de 10 moradores e um pequeno conjunto de ruas localizado ao norte dos EUA, próximo às Montanhas Rochosas. Inicialmente, ela é acolhida pelo também…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Os filmes de Lars von Trier sempre me fizeram achar que ele é bem louco. Mas um louco genial. Afinal de contas, o dinamarquês me solta um filme com tempo de duração exagerado - quase 3 horas - sobre - sobre uma cidade literalmente imaginária, com excleente elenco e nele, ninguém menos que Nicole Kidman (a.k.a. coisa linda de Deus).
Foi uma das obras baseadas em seu Manifesto Dogma 95, um conjunto de regras para produção de filmes mais realistas e menos comerciais. von Trier criou o movimento, como "votos de castidade", ou como chamaríamos para filmes 'roots', mais excêntricos, sem trilha sonora, com pouca iluminação etc. Sei um pouco sobre o Manifesto porque ele foi publicado no dia 13 de março (dia do meu aniversário), porém 10 anos depois.
Not completely blown away by it, but there are many many things to think about that will have to be settled in my mind before I can fully know how I feel about it. Kidman delivers everything though.
I was already a huge LVT fan but now the fandome is so real. This movie was fascinating!
It was an interesting, real, raw, dark take on the broken American Dream that many of us are so familiar with. America is full of empty promises and LVT is not shy about pointing it out.
The cast was super impressive and everyone did great!
This is the first film I've seen at this level of minimalism and it reminded me that you don't need all the bells and whistles to tell a good story.
Will definitely be watching Mandelay next.
Some things you have to do yourself.
I have only seen one other film by Lars Von Trier so far (Antichrist) and I did not particularly care for it. Just something in the film did not click for me, but I was determined to find a film by him that I would enjoy. I seem to have begun to find that love through Dogville, a stage play on camera that beautifully captures the true depravity of mankind, and how cruel human beings really can be to one another.
Grace (Nicole Kidman) runs into the small town of Dogville, with gunfire preceding her arrival. A kind man named Ton (Paul Bettany) offers to help her for the night, and soon convinces…
I was skeptical of viewing another Trier after I recently watched Antichrist. while the movie is deserved of its accolades it doesn't change the fact that... well what I saw happen in Antichrist will never be stripped from my mind. Dogville is more powerful in the message that it sends, without the glaring sexual violence. (don't expect that aspect to be absent though.) Rather it gives us a disturbing look at human beings, hypocrisy, evil, and many other things. I have not been so affected by a film as Dogville. I urge you to watch it completely and see the complexity within its simplicity.
If there is any town this world would be better without, this is it. "
Thank you again, von Trier. That's why you are my second favorite director. You made yet another awesome film.
Dogville is a truly amazing parabole on human nature and human evil. I don't care even Lars von Trier says it's about America, for me Dogville is not anti-American, but anti-humanity. Dogville could be any village in the world...
Dogville follows the story of Grace, a woman who arrives to a small village called Dogville, and asks to stay there, hidden from some mysterious people who are looking for her. And as Grace gets to know the people of Dogville, she discovers human nature. At first,…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…