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…
Set on an almost bare stage Lars von Trier unfolds the darkest spots of the human soul... cruelty and exploitation poze as politeness and concern and the small town reveals its true face...Oh, John Hurt what a wonderful narrator you are!
Now this was a surprise.
When I saw the opening scene, with the barest of sets and a wordy narrator, my heart sank. This was going to be pretentious arthouse cinema that normally leaves me cold.
But it wasn't. The writing, the acting and the dramatic development were so good that I forgot about the minimalist theatrical setting and was just gripped by the story. It was intelligent, shocking, disturbing and unsettling.
Three hours felt like one, and I can't give it more praise than that.
Maybe just a tad too long in the tooth but very well directed, written and performed. At first I didn't like the way it had been made but the longer the film went on the more I enjoyed it. No idea why but I was convinced Naomi Watts starred in this, my shock when Nicole Kidman appeared. For me, not von Trier's masterpiece but still very good and worth a watch.
The character Nicole Kidman plays in Lars von Trier's "Dogville" is heavy-handedly named Grace; and is very significant to what imagery and social allegations are persented by the director. Probably the most ambitious film of the aughts, "Dogville" is performed and filmed on an empty soundstage with chalk outlining buildings and the actors opening and closing invisible doors. It's an extremely clever way of making a tight-knit community seem all the more close to one another, but also unimaginably creepy. A town with no secrets; and no remorse for the way they handle the blessings provided for them in their lives.
ein film, der mich richtig gefesselt hat, was zugegebenermaßen nicht allzu häufig vorkommt. hat man sich erstmal an das, quasi nicht vorhandene, set gewöhnt hat und man sich auf die charaktere und story einlässt kann man sich auf einen packendes theaterstück freuen. ein beweis dafür, dass ein film nicht mit bombastischer ausstattung protzen muss um glaubwürdigkeit darzustellen.
never mind that nicole kidman is in this movie...it is worth your precious time...if you have the time for it
God only knows what that woman is capable of.
The best movie yet.
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…