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Lars von Trier is a filmmaker given to excess and therefore tends to elicit extreme reactions from his viewers. He was co-founder (with Thomas Vinterberg) of ‘Dogma 95’ an avant-garde filmmaking movement, which set new ‘rules’ for filmmaking – eschewing elaborate special effects and technology and deliberately opting for a rough look partly through the use of the hand-held camera. The purpose was to rely on the resources of the plot entirely and get the required effects with the means available.

Lars von Trier initially attained renown for his three female-centered films – with Breaking the Waves (1996) being the first – and in all of them he does virtually the same thing, which is to place a defenseless woman in circumstances where she is gravely endangered and then show people taking advantage of her helplessness in the most selfish, brutal and hypocritical way possible. Whenever storytellers make us despise characters in their books or films, »

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