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The Idiots (Idioterne) (Dogma 95) (2000)

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This Danish comedy-drama is about some Copenhagen eccentrics who find therapeutic release in acting like idiots. Restaurant patrons are disturbed by the group's mischief, but Karen finds it intriguing. Eventually the group decides to let idiocy invade their daily lives, but only Karen will take that challenge.more
Rating: R (for strong sexuality and nudity, and for language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lars von Trier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2000
Runtime:
USA Films

Cast

Jens Albinus
as Stoffer
Louise Mieritz
as Josephine
Paprika Steen
as High-Class Lady
Erik Wedersøe
as Stoffer's Uncle
Michael Moritzen
as Man From Municipalit...
Anders Hove
as Josephine's Father
Jan Elle
as Waiter
Claus Strandberg
as Guide at Factory
Jens Jørn Spottag
as Boss at Advertising ...
John Martinus
as Man in Morning-Jacke...
Lars Bjarke
as Rocker No. 1
Ewald Larsen
as Rocker No. 2
Christian Friis
as Rocker No. 3
Louise B. Clausen
as Rocker Girl
Hans Henrik Clemense...
as Karen's Husband, And...
Lone Lindorff
as Karen's Mother
Erno Muller
as Karen's Grandfather
Regitze Estrup
as Karen's Sister, Loui...
Lotte Munk
as Karen's Sister, Brit...
Marina Bouras
as Axel's Wife
Julie Wieth
as Woman with Two Kids
Kirsten Vaupel
as Art Class Lady No. 1
Lillian Tillegreen
as Art Class Lady No. 2
Birgit Conradi
as Art Class Lady No. 3
Albert Wickmann
as High-Class Man
Peter Froge
as Man in the Swimming ...
Bent Sorensen
as Taxi Driver
Jesper Sonderaas
as Svendsen at Advertis...
Ditlev Weddelsborg
as Severin at Advertisi...
Iris Alboge
as Qualified Carer
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Critic Reviews for The Idiots (Idioterne) (Dogma 95)

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (9)

The Idiots suggests that if Danish iconoclast Lars von Trier's filmsare getting tougher, they're also continuing to reward the patient.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A tedious, pretentious bore.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

Has nothing on its mind besides the squirming discomfort of its audience.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

A raw, funny, maddening ramble.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The first Dogme film of enfant terrible Lars von Trier challenges viewers to reexamine their social mores and cinema habits of voyeurism and pleasure.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
EmanuelLevy.Com

A worthy experiment.

Full Review… | November 4, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for The Idiots (Idioterne) (Dogma 95)

Wonderful on many levels - as an (aborted) excursion into a new film form, and the bizarre attention that it brought to the progenitor who immediately abandoned it; as a source of perverse entertainment turned desperate tragedy; as a look into metafilm and levels of reality. It doesn't seem like there's a lot going on in The Idiots, but between its guiltless waltzing from genre to genre, the clashing ideologies of both the characters and the story itself, and the greater ramifications of being a Dogme 95 film and what it's implicitly saying about its cast and director, there's some serious thought behind that ugly exterior. This will not be an easy watch for many understandable reasons, and I think it's fair to call it offensive, obnoxious or even incomplete. I just think it's fascinating. I enjoyed watching the film with the Dogme Vow of Chastity in mind and wondering what limitations that imposed on von Trier and his crew. The performances he draws from his cast, unhesitantly authentic, are also enthralling when placed in a documentary context. Tensions were high between von Trier and his players, and there's a palpable parallel between how the "spassers" disintegrate and how his own harmonious set begins to fall apart. In fact, there's a very thorough and elaborate byline on which the events of this film, Dogme 95, and the work of Von Trier all operate, with thinly constructed notions of "reality" where other layers of their respective worlds can't help but leak in.

Maybe the film's success as a conventional narrative in the medium is arguable, but I think it's an excellent auteurial curio and an exceptional think piece. It's also sort of hilarious in a way that becomes very dark with a gut-punch of an ending. As with just about all of von Trier's work - not for everyone, but worth at least giving a shot.

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Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

½

Astounding, brave, funny and touching cult film. I find it hard to understand how so much has been said about the "lack" of production values or the nudity in this movie, which to me aren't even worth mentioning, but hardly anyone comments about how astounding the ACTING is! The actors in this, and in Lars Von Triers' previous Breaking The Waves, display completely realistic acting very rarely (if ever!) seen in Hollywood.
But if you want a funny, dirty, smart, irritating, and even infuriating satire of both the bourgeoisie and the bohemians who oppose it, then The Idiots is for you. Von Trier has assembled a furiously talented cast of unknowns to spin this tale of a Danish commune that pretends - to the horror of the middle class masses that surround it - to be a private institution for "retards" and "spastics".

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Ok, Vinterberg's Festen was a great start to Dogme 95 but Lars von Trier's Idioterne as the second Dogme 95 film is a huge disappointment, Pretentious & dumb to the core

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Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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