The Idiots (Idioterne) (Dogma 95) Reviews

  • May 22, 2020

    I hope Lars von Trier suffocates on a dog's dick.

    I hope Lars von Trier suffocates on a dog's dick.

  • Nov 12, 2019

    This movie has no meaning. Just filming the life of some retarded people. No story. No framework. No goal. Waste of time and money.

    This movie has no meaning. Just filming the life of some retarded people. No story. No framework. No goal. Waste of time and money.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    7 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 10 10 = 83 3/31, 2019

    7 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 10 10 = 83 3/31, 2019

  • Jul 08, 2018

    Lars von Trier's first (and only) film made in compliance with the Dogme 95 manifesto (which he co-authored) is in itself already a cynical and deliberately provocative satire, superfluously of society, but more of Dogme 95's objectives.

    Lars von Trier's first (and only) film made in compliance with the Dogme 95 manifesto (which he co-authored) is in itself already a cynical and deliberately provocative satire, superfluously of society, but more of Dogme 95's objectives.

  • Sep 11, 2017

    The Idiots is a dark and daring deconstruction of societal attitudes towards disability, coupled with a meditation on the fleeting, never-quite-attainable nature of freedom. Sticking semi-strictly the constraints of Dogme 95 filmmaking, this fuzzy film charts the punk-inspired mishaps of a group of people who like to go out and pretend to have learning disabilities - and claim to have one or two good reasons for doing so. Some spout bizarre anti-establishment arguments in favour of the freedom and simplicity of the lives of the less capable and self-aware, which they believe better the constraints of an educated existence dedicated to the building up of 'middle class bullshit'. Others are merely disturbed, traumatised or bored with the severity of a serious life, and in desperate need of a frivolous escape. Slowly but surely, writer-director Lars Von Trier's characters grow increasingly obsessed with the idea of trying to channel their 'inner idiots'. As this happens, the film's challenging concept and character psychology grow ever more understandable, yet ever more unattainable - much like the deranged sense of freedom and community each lost soul so desperately wants and needs to claim as their own. The Idiots is a bold, ballsy character study; unique, uncompromising and utterly unforgettable.

    The Idiots is a dark and daring deconstruction of societal attitudes towards disability, coupled with a meditation on the fleeting, never-quite-attainable nature of freedom. Sticking semi-strictly the constraints of Dogme 95 filmmaking, this fuzzy film charts the punk-inspired mishaps of a group of people who like to go out and pretend to have learning disabilities - and claim to have one or two good reasons for doing so. Some spout bizarre anti-establishment arguments in favour of the freedom and simplicity of the lives of the less capable and self-aware, which they believe better the constraints of an educated existence dedicated to the building up of 'middle class bullshit'. Others are merely disturbed, traumatised or bored with the severity of a serious life, and in desperate need of a frivolous escape. Slowly but surely, writer-director Lars Von Trier's characters grow increasingly obsessed with the idea of trying to channel their 'inner idiots'. As this happens, the film's challenging concept and character psychology grow ever more understandable, yet ever more unattainable - much like the deranged sense of freedom and community each lost soul so desperately wants and needs to claim as their own. The Idiots is a bold, ballsy character study; unique, uncompromising and utterly unforgettable.

  • Sep 25, 2016

    Lars von Trier swings and misses with this somewhat experimental and bold (pretentious?) film. It was a film made with a ridiculous code some Danish filmmakers signed known as Dogma 95, which takes a minimalist approach to filmmaking and storytelling. The idea of adults pretending to be mentally handicapped might have been intriguing on paper, but the film is contemptible from the first scene to the last. Von Trier seems to think his audience is a bunch of uptight snobs who are too stupid to know what's good for them, and that could be why many people felt uncomfortable with this movie (beyond the obvious point of seeing healthy people "spassing" out or the thoroughly gratuitous hard-core sex scene in the middle). I'll say that at least it wasn't boring and I did laugh a few times despite myself. Overall, The Idiots is a truly bad film.

    Lars von Trier swings and misses with this somewhat experimental and bold (pretentious?) film. It was a film made with a ridiculous code some Danish filmmakers signed known as Dogma 95, which takes a minimalist approach to filmmaking and storytelling. The idea of adults pretending to be mentally handicapped might have been intriguing on paper, but the film is contemptible from the first scene to the last. Von Trier seems to think his audience is a bunch of uptight snobs who are too stupid to know what's good for them, and that could be why many people felt uncomfortable with this movie (beyond the obvious point of seeing healthy people "spassing" out or the thoroughly gratuitous hard-core sex scene in the middle). I'll say that at least it wasn't boring and I did laugh a few times despite myself. Overall, The Idiots is a truly bad film.

  • Mar 15, 2016

    Won't be everyones cup of tea but it is compelling and absurd.

    Won't be everyones cup of tea but it is compelling and absurd.

  • Nov 01, 2015

    Its Dogme style is certainly original and very much so effective, but Lars von Trier's true mastery doesn't come out as well as it should, but the movie nonetheless carries a large amount of philosophy and provocation.

    Its Dogme style is certainly original and very much so effective, but Lars von Trier's true mastery doesn't come out as well as it should, but the movie nonetheless carries a large amount of philosophy and provocation.

  • May 17, 2015

    Provocative, perverse, twisted and highly offensive -- Lars von Trier's experimental film brings up a slew of cultural and societal issues. The entire film is intended to make the audience feel uncomfortable. The key to why it manages to work comes in the closing moments of the movie.

    Provocative, perverse, twisted and highly offensive -- Lars von Trier's experimental film brings up a slew of cultural and societal issues. The entire film is intended to make the audience feel uncomfortable. The key to why it manages to work comes in the closing moments of the movie.

  • May 07, 2015

    Imperfectamente perfecta. Vanguardista y antisistema tanto en su técnica como en su discurso.

    Imperfectamente perfecta. Vanguardista y antisistema tanto en su técnica como en su discurso.