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The Boss Of It All Review


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Lars von Trier seems like a smart fellow and to that end, I don't believe a word he says; at least not at face value. So, when he opens a film, in deconstructionist manor, with a proclamation that there is nothing up his sleeve and that he is trying to make a simple comedy, one can mull it over for a bit before realizing the man couldn't make a simple movie if he was handed the blueprints.

Ironically enough, the blueprints are handed straight to the audience: Von Trier's latest, The Boss of It All, basically lays out an office comedy while simultaneously instructing the audience on how a modern comedy should be made. Intermittently sprinkled through the narrative, von Trier's narration comes in to warn us of a change in plot that is "necessary," starting off falsely aloof and ending hopelessly irate. The man can't help himself.

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The Idiots Review


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Why would a group of upstanding citizens of the middle class decide to meet in a large country house and get in touch with their inner idiot?

These young people are in a continual training process to get in touch with what they describe as their "inner idiot", allowing themselves to lapse into behavior outside of the constrictions imposed by a society obsessed with a mask of etiquette.

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The Idiots Review


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It's one thing to know in your own ego that you're an intrepid cinematic genius. It's quite another thing to be so cocky that you leave flubbed shots in your movie and call it art.

That's the line that the brilliant Lars von Trier crosses more than once in "The Idiots" -- a sometimes tense and engrossing, other times dull as dishwater drama-comedy about a misanthropic clique of societal escapees who pretend to be mentally retarded as a way to release stress.

The reclusive wunderkind Danish director of emotionally ravaging films like "Zentropa" and "Breaking the Waves," and off-kilter dark comedies like "The Kingdom," von Trier is also the ad hoc leader of a Danish experimental directors' collective called Dogme 95, which espouses ultra-minimalist filmmaking. Dogme movies such as "Mifune," "The Celebration" and "julien donkey-boy" abide by monastic rules that, in the name of realism, include forbidding the use of extra lighting or sound and insisting all filming be done on location with hand-held cameras.

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The Boss of It All Movie Review

Lars von Trier seems like a smart fellow and to that end, I don't believe...

The Idiots Movie Review

The Idiots Movie Review

Why would a group of upstanding citizens of the middle class decide to meet in...

The Idiots Movie Review

The Idiots Movie Review

It's one thing to know in your own ego that you're an intrepid cinematic genius....

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