This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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?
Well, it's three hours long, but at least it'll make you feel like garbage
Is Von Trier unbelievably brilliant or unbelievably pretentious? Several movies into his filmography, I still can't decide.
A masterwork from Lars von Trier. Though initially skeptical of the stage format, I was quickly won over by the way the minimalism matches and enhances the narrative. An impressive tale of morality, corruption, and evil that never takes itself too seriously (as evidenced by the title cards) and feels no where close to three hours long.
De eerste film van von Trier dat ik zie (niet dat ik er al veel gezien heb) dat me aansprak. Het beginshot vond ik magisch, maar daarna werd ik al snel uit de film gesmeten door zijn handheld camera en jump-cuts. Maar na een tijd begon ik er toch weer in getrokken te worden. Uiteindelijk heb ik er toch nog van genoten.
Oooooooooooooo Myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy God.............................
Nicole Kidman was terrific. Great movie and it's a must watch.
Von Trier eviscerates the two faced small America in this stripped down morality play. Technically innovative (but in a throwback way), the acting is excellent, and von Trier script carries along its three hour run time in surprising swift fashion.
Land of the free.
Film #28/Task #27
An Avant-Garde film.
I'm a fan of Von Trier, for sure, despite only seeing a couple of his films. And the premise of this one is so strange and I was completely invested in it from the beginning. It adds a very voyeuristic lens to everything that you see happening with all of the cast in the background that you, the viewer, can see, but the characters can't.
Nicole Kidman's Grace is so tortured and every action taken by her and because of her and upon her is given some sort of rationalization that (somehow) is believable within the odd and often fantastic atmosphere of Dogville. It's harrowing in a lot of ways, and Von Trier gets great performances from his entire ensemble.
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not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
Movies that are slightly off.