Dogville 2003

Dogville

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A challenging piece of experimental filmmaking.

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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.

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  • Sep 30, 2015
    Dogville is a talented work, yes, but is it a great film? No, It's not great. The ending is flat, especially for such a long buildup. It's not wholly a film either. It's not that the stage play thing is wrong, it's fine (especially since the story is reminiscent of Greek tragedy). The problem is that it is lacking in light and sound. Maybe that is a good thing since the second half is heavy and long and feels real enough as it is. Still, Dogville is definitely a film to watch for two reasons: (1) an excellent performance by Nicole Kidman and (2) food for thought, one is definitely given a few things to think about. But be warned, this is not a film one watches to be entertained.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2013
    Dogville is Lars von Trier's indictment of American values and the way we treat each other and outsiders, and while it does have a clear message and purpose, at three hours it overstays its welcome and becomes tedious rather than insightful. The message itself is grounded more in a violent hatred than it is in intellectualism, as von Trier eventually takes the movie's central allegory to very disturbing extremes. Dogville does have impressive acting from its entire cast, especially Nicole Kidman in the central role, and that makes it significantly easier to sit through, but ultimately it's not enough to keep the movie from being painfully long and startlingly full of hate.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2013
    A film about morality corruption, doubts, lost of humanity and sins. Dogville is a disturbing tale of evil existed in everyone and when the right opportunity comes, it slips out. Lars von Trier attempted the direction of the film by using minimalistic set and an open world design that you can see through each of the houses. It became difficult to watch as the film progresses, Nicole Kidman should've won an academic award for her performance. Dogville may be uneasy to watch but it taught everyone a valuable lesson.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2013
    The tiny township of Dogville (population 20) reluctantly takes in a woman fleeing from gangsters, but their generosity turns into abuse as they gradually maker her into their slave. It's de Sade's "Justine" played out on the set of "Our Town." Masterful but misanthropic.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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