Friday, December 18, 2009

Idioterne [The Idiots] (1998) Lars von Trier

Idioterne [The Idiots] (1998) Lars von Trier
Director: Lars von Trier | Writer: Lars von Trier | Editor: Molly Marlene Stensgaard | Cast: Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Troels Lyby, Luis Mesonero, Louise Mieritz, Henrik Prip, Knud Romer Jørgensen, Trine Michelsen, Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis, Paprika Steen, Anders Hove | Cinematographer: Lars von Trier | Genre: Comedy, Drama, Foreign | Awards: 5 wins & 4 nominations | Runtime: 117 Min | Format: DvdRip, Color, NTSC, Avi | Language: Danish, with English subtitles included in rar files (srt) | Country: Denmark

Idioterne is a 1998 Danish film directed by Lars von Trier. It is his first film made in compliance with the Dogme '95 Manifesto, and is also known as Dogme #2. It is the second film in von Trier's Golden Heart Trilogy, which includes Breaking the Waves (1996) and Dancer in the Dark (2000). Lars von Trier wrote (in four days) and directed this Danish comedy-drama about a group of Copenhagen eccentrics who find a therapeutic release and confront apathy via unacceptable, idiotic behavior which they call "spazzing." Stoffer (Jens Albinus) is supposed to be selling his uncle's house but instead it becomes the focal point for geeky group activities. Restaurant patrons are disturbed by the group's mischief, but single diner Karen (Bodil Jorgensen) develops an appreciation of their antics. Stoffer, at his birthday party, wishes for a "gangbang," and both clothes and inhibitions are soon discarded. But when Stoffer calls for the group members to let idiocy invade their personal daily lives, only Karen takes up the challenge. Shown in competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.


Synopsis: The film is about a seemingly "anti-bourgeois" group of adults who spend their time seeking their "inner idiot" to release their inhibitions. They do so by behaving in public as if they were developmentally disabled. The members of the group refer to this behaviour as "spassing", a neologism derived from "spasser", the Danish equivalent of "spaz", which has the same connotations in Denmark as in the United Kingdom. (The Idiots is not concerned with actual disability, or with distinguishing between mental retardation and physical impairment.) The "spassing" is a self-defeating attempt by the group to challenge the establishment through provocation. The self-styled idiots feel that the society-at-large treats their intelligence uncreatively and unchallengingly; thus, they seek the uninhibited self-expression that they imagine a romantic ideal of disability will allow.

Awards: Bodil Awards (1999), Won: Best Actress, Bodil Jørgensen, Won: Best Supporting Actor, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Won: Best Supporting Actress, Anne Louise Hassing.
Nominated: Best Film, Cannes Film Festival (1998); Nominated: Palme d'Or, European Film Awards (1998); Nominated: European Film Award, Best Screenwriter, London Film Festival (1998); Won: FIPRESCI Prize, Lars von Trier
Robert Festival (1999); Won: Best Actress, Bodil Jørgensen; Valladolid International Film Festival (1998); Nominated: Golden Spike, Lars von Trier.

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