Epidemic (1987)

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A film director and a script writer (performed by Lars von Trier and Niels Vørsel themselves) write a screenplay, in which an epidemic spreads about the whole world. Like the protagonist ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Allan De Waal
Ole Ernst
Michael Gelting
Colin Gilder
Svend Ali Hamann ...
Claes Kastholm Hansen ...
Ib Hansen
Anja Hemmingsen
Kirsten Hemmingsen
Cæcilia Holbek Trier ...
(as Cæcilia Holbek)
Gert Holbek
Joergen Christian Krueff ...
(as Jørgen Christian Krüff)
Jan Kornum Larsen
Gitte Lind ...


A film director and a script writer (performed by Lars von Trier and Niels Vørsel themselves) write a screenplay, in which an epidemic spreads about the whole world. Like the protagonist they do not notice, that a real epidemic is developing around them. Written by Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@boras.mail.telia.com>

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11 September 1987 (Denmark)  »

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Epidemia  »

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The script von Trier and Vørsel have just finished writing at the beginning of the film is titled "The Policeman and the Whore" - an apparent reference to their previous collaboration, The Element of Crime (1984), whose lead characters are a detective and a prostitute. See more »


Cabbie: What the hell. All a nigger needs are loose shoes, tight pussies, and a warm place to shit.
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The film's title appears in red letters in the upper left corner of the screen for the entire length of the film. See more »


Referenced in Anecdotes from 'Epidemic' (2005) See more »


Tannhäuser (The Overture)
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A ghost is haunting Europe
17 January 2000 | by (arles, france) – See all my reviews

I like Von Trier's films and this one and "The Idiots" seem to me the ones in which he achieves through both the way they are shot and the plot in itself, a high quality of personal artistic expression.

Concentrating on "Epidemic", I think the contrast between the black and white parts and the "story" is intriguing and effective, visually disturbing and helping to create the symbolic meaning the viewer could take from this movie.

To me, beyond more evident interpretations about predestination, Dreyer-like bad and evil explanations, I believe Von Trier -with the help of, for instance, bleak houses, rundown sourroundings and disease- tries to tell us that the world we're living is infected by a growing disease, living its marks in EACH ONE OF US, making Europe in general a dull and heartless place to live, a world killing us very slowly and with it our soul, our sensibility and our ability to feel. Like the final song : "we all fall down".

Against the complacency and cynism of much of the cultural expression nowadays, I think Von Trier's work is an exemple. That is why I recommend "Epidemic" to IMDB users.

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