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…
I have tried to think up a review but I just can't convey my thoughts. This one is just... I mean, I liked it a great deal -- but at the same time it was horrible and made me want to die? It's a believable and slow descent into horrors, but the unconventional nature of its construction makes it almost frightening.
It's like that time I tried shrooms. It was mellow and subdued, but still terrifying.
Is any of this making any sense?
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…
Begins with a laugh-
Punches you in the stomach
Pounds against your skull
-Ends with a song
"I am the best film director in the world"
Alright, whatever you say Trier.
"I am the best film director in the world"
...You might be right Trier.
Way too fucken long.
The ending and the protagonist's sudden change of character came across as edgy.
Yes that's a cautious recommendation to watch a Von Trier film. It had definitely lost it's way by the end. I think Von Trier is a little like Kurt Sutter (One of the writers for the Shield, Sons of Anarchy) really great if there is someone with the authority to tell him to leave out the really dumb shit. Nicole Kidman wasn't egregiously bad either.
Weirdly made and at times disturbing, dogville just so happened to surprise me with a great cast and working with a very small budget.
Lars Von Trier. That name is almost a blog in its self. The name alone evokes emotions from almost everyone who has seen any of his films. He is most likely the most ....... I am drawing a blank on how to describe him. A common phrase is "either you will love him, or you will hate him". I don't think that even begin to qualify peoples feeling on my Von Trier. To say that some people HATE him is a gross understatement. He receives death threats on a common basis. He has been called everything in the book from a masochist, a misogynist, and a sadistic pornographer. All of which might be true. His fans praise him to the…
Why: I'm a huge fan of Nicole Kidman, but why has she never been in a really amazing movie? So on a lark I went to see all her films sorted by rating and here we are.
My first Lars von Trier movie. This is a three hour long doozy about a women who finds herself understanding the intricacies of a small town. Shot on a single sound stage and resembling a stage play, the effect is enjoyable and helps enforce the intimacy of a small town.
There is strong support for this being five stars, but I just can't feel it. It feels 30 minutes too long.
If you can make it through most of Lars von Trier's laborious three-hour epic, you'll be rewarded with a strong third act. Nicole Kidman saves the show with one of her very best performances.
The first two and a half hours or so of Dogville, before the gangsters come, are amazing. It's wonderfully anti-American and by that (so I thought) really, at heart, anti-capitalist, and on top of that entertaining as hell as well: Von Trier takes the types and spins one hell of a story yarn out of them, it's well acted, and the way it lovingly deploys hokey old-fashionedness for the express intent of tearing it down is utterly delightful. For a long time it kept me completely engaged, and that such engagement came with "good subtext" made it even better.
Eventually, however, the gangsters come and everything just goes to hell spectacularly. Such jarringly idiotic conjecture is said in an almost…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…