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The Idiots (1998)
"Idioterne" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  17 July 1998 (Denmark)
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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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Karen
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Henrik
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Jeppe
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Josephine
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Ped
Luis Mesonero ...
Miguel
Knud Romer Jørgensen ...
Axel
Trine Michelsen ...
Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis ...
Katrine
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High Class Lady
Erik Wedersøe ...
Stoffer's Uncle
Michael Moritzen ...
Man From Municipality
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Josephine's Father
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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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A film by idiots, about idiots, for idiots See more »

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

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17 July 1998 (Denmark)  »

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Dogma 95 - Idioterne  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$339,768 (Sweden) (3 November 2000)
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The second film in Lars von Trier's "Golden Heart" trilogy in which the heroines remain naïve despite their actions. The two other parts are Breaking the Waves (1996) and Dancer in the Dark (2000). See more »

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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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Susanne: Being an idiot with you is one of the best things I've ever done.
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A stone in Your Shoe
17 February 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

In Epidemic, one of his previous films, Lars von Trier noted that "a film must be like a stone in the shoe". Eleven years after Epidemic, Lars von Trier is famous, his budgets grew larger and so do the stones he puts in the spectators shoes. No, reality is never what you think it is. It stops moving when you expect it to rush, and than it rushes in a way that makes you dizzy. People that you considered to be serious collapse when it comes to testing their intentions in reality, and people that you never took a note of will prove to be the real heroes of life. At the same time Lars von Trier and his excellent actor ensemble try to explain why (non violent) social experiments always fail, in spite of what we learn at school and watch on TV. They fail for three main reasons. First, the intentions of the hardcore of every movement of this kind are different that the ones they declare on. Second, the few who take a social project seriously will remain outside the hardcore group in a lonely, non-influential position. And third: the external conditions for running an experiment of this kind are such, that it's impact is limited up front to zero, often without the acting persons realize it. A brilliant movie of a brilliant filmmaker, who revolutionized the cinema in the last generation. A must for every thinking person.


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