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The Idiots (1998)

Idioterne (original title)
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The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves.




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A group of perfectly intelligent young people decide to react to society's cult of an aimless, non-creative and non-responsible form of intelligence by living together in a community of "idiots". Their main activity becomes going out into the world of "normal" people and pretending to be mentally retarded. They take advantage of this situation to create anarchy everywhere they go and try by every possible means to make people annoyed, disturbed, miserable, ridiculous, angered, and shocked. The films start as they recruit a new lost soul and introduced her to their megalomaniac leader. Written by Matthieu Navarro

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 July 1998 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Dogma 95 - Idioterne  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,235 (USA) (28 April 2000)


$7,235 (USA) (28 April 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Written in four days as part of the Dogma 95 Manifesto. See more »


This is a film that adheres to the 'Dogme 95' manifesto, so the usual goof rules do not necessarily apply. This includes shots of the crew, microphones and other equipment, as well as continuity errors. See more »


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Is anyone not an idiot?
15 November 1998 | by (Tel Aviv, Israel) – See all my reviews

A group of retarded guys & girls grabs on to Karen, a bystander to their moronic behavior in a restaurant, and they try to teach her and themselves how to bring out the idiot that's inside you (and me). In documentary style, derived from the Dogma95 rules for the film maker, Von Trier reaches into our guts, twisting a knife slightly sharper than the one he used to "Break The Waves". A similar style was used in "Epidemic", one of his first films, which shocks us with the reality of death from a plague, slowly crawling into the diagetic / real world.

It's a social problem he addresses. Is being normal normal? Try thinking of this small society, a micro cosmos, as a way out from the problems of the daily life - trying to escape instead of coping, trying to hide behind social masks and hypocrisy instead of facing the society with our real self, our real power. Notice who's the real idiot at the end of the film - who's the one who REALLY needs to escape and who ends up facing society fearlessly ? (I'll hint that these are two characters)

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