The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele) (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Director Lars von Trier ditches the pretensions but keeps his misanthropy in The Boss of it All, a surprisingly sharp and witty comedy about office life gone haywire.

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Lars von Trier's black comedy The Boss of It All (Direktøren for Det Hele) concerns an IT company owner who -- in need of a figurehead to "hide behind" when confronted with employee problems -- invented the personage of a CEO during the startup period for his corporation. The scheme worked for a surprisingly long period, but when the time arrives to sell the business, massive problems arise -- for the prospective buyers insist on only negotiating with the CEO, in person. Thus, the owner further extends the ruse, by hiring a down-and-out actor to impersonate the chief officer. With Direktøren for Det Hele, von Trier uses a new means of filmmaking for this film: Automavision, whereby filming is done with an "automatic randomized camera" that selects the shots. It became a means for Von Trier to "clean up" his approach to directorial work and reconnect with his own love of filmmaking. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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NR
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Comedy
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Cast

Jens Albinus
as Kristoffer
Benedikt Erlingsson
as Interpreter
Henrik Prip
as Nalle
Mia Lyhne
as Heidi A.
Jean-Marc Barr
as Spencer
Anders Hove
as Jokumsen
Mia Lyhne
as Heidi A.
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Critic Reviews for The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele)

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (22)

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November 17, 2011
Time Out
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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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In the humor department, The Boss of It All elicits few belly laughs but lots of thoughtful chuckles.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Detroit Free Press
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Scenes are thus punctuated by as many jump cuts as punch lines--a technique that amplifies the sly humor.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Perverse humor pervades the films of Lars von Trier.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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Bone-dry but completely assured, both in its visual strategy and its wry deconstruction of the workplace comedy genre.

July 13, 2007
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele)

I think The Boss of it All is the only von Trier film I truly dislike. Breaking the Waves was another, initially, and though I definitely still have my misgivings about it a second viewing sort of brought me around on the film's merits. This is a marginally clever treatment of viewership and an unconventional look at comedy in general, but in the scope of his filmography I don't think it really offers anything new. The idea of him creating a comedy so heavily reliant on cliche that he himself has to apologize through narration for the film is sort of interesting, but the novelty doesn't sustain 98 minutes' worth of viewing. It's funny how intent can so radically change a comedy's reception. This is, all told, the most generic office comedy of errors you could possibly imagine, and some people seem to think it's exceptionally funny. It's really not even remotely on its own terms, with von Trier's lampshading providing the only real chuckles, and even that isn't all that inspired. Not recommended, unless you're hellbent on watching all of his films.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

½

Pretentious & unengaging, Comedy,Von Trier style

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

Disappointing update to the Dogme school restrictions with an automavision shooting system. Von Trier may have found it an interesting technical exercise but it added nothing to the format for me. The sense of humor is assumably hilarious in Denmark but it didn't tickle me. The plot loses its tenuous grip on reality altogether at the end.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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