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The Idiots -- 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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Writer:
Lars von Trier (writer)
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Release Date:
20 May 1998 (Belgium) See more »
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Tagline:
Society is the mother of all Idiots See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Bodil Jørgensen ... Karen

Jens Albinus ... Stoffer
Anne Louise Hassing ... Susanne

Troels Lyby ... Henrik

Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Jeppe

Louise Mieritz ... Josephine
Henrik Prip ... Ped
Luis Mesonero ... Miguel
Knud Romer Jørgensen ... Axel
Trine Michelsen ... Nana
Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis ... Katrine

Paprika Steen ... High Class Lady
Erik Wedersøe ... Stoffer's Uncle
Michael Moritzen ... Man From Municipality

Anders Hove ... Josephine's Father
Jan Elle ... Waiter
Claus Strandberg ... Guide At Factory
Jens Jørn Spottag ... Boss At Advertising Agency (as Jens Jørgen Spottag)
John Martinus ... Man In Morning-Jacket

Lars Bjarke ... Rocker #1
Ewald Larsen ... Rocker #2
Christian Friis ... Rocker #3
Louise B. Clausen ... Rocker Girl
Hans Henrik Clemensen ... Karen's Husband - Anders
Lone Lindorff ... Karen's Mother
Erno Müller ... Karen's Grandfather
Regitze Estrup ... Karen's Sister - Louise

Lotte Munk ... Karen's Sister - Britta
Marina Bouras ... Axel's Wife
Julie Wieth ... Woman With 2 Kids
Kirsten Vaupel ... Art Class Lady #1
Lillian Tillegreen ... Art Class Lady #2
Birgit Conradi ... Art Class Lady #3
Peter Frøge ... Man In The Swimmingpool
Albert Wichmann ... High Class Man (as Albert Wickmann)
Ditlev Weddelsborg ... Severin At Advertising Agency
Jesper Sønderaas ... Svendsen At Advertising Agency
Svend Erik Plannthin ... Mongoloid
Torben Meyrowitsch ... Mongoloid
Lis Bente Petersen ... Mongoloid
Palle Lorentz Emiliussen ... Mongoloid
Axel Schmidt ... Mongoloid
Iris Albøge ... Qualified Carer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bent Sørensen ... Taxa Driver

Lars von Trier ... Interviewer (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lars von Trier (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lars von Trier  writer

Produced by
Svend Abrahamsen .... producer: DR TV
Dag Alveberg .... producer: Nordic Film & TV Fund
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer
Erik Schut .... co-producer (as Erik Shut)
Marianne Slot .... co-producer
Peter van Vogelpoel .... co-producer (as Peter Van Vogelpoel)
Vibeke Windeløv .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Lars von Trier  (as Lars Von Trier)
 
Film Editing by
Molly Marlene Stensgaard  (as Molly Malene Stensgaard)
 
Casting by
Rie Hedegaard 
 
Production Management
Lene Nielsen .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... sound engineer: 2nd unit
John Nielsen .... boom operator
Rene Schrøder .... boom operator
Per Streit .... sound designer
Johan Winbladh .... sound engineer: 2nd unit
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Caroline Sascha Cogez .... clapper loader (as Caroline Cogez)
Caroline Sascha Cogez .... data recorder (as Caroline Cogez)
Edvard Friis-Moeller .... camera assistant (as Edvard Friis-Møller)
Ian Hansen .... camera assistant
Casper Holm .... assistant director of photography
Casper Holm .... camera operator
Jesper Jargil .... assistant director of photography
Jesper Jargil .... camera operator
Kristoffer Nyholm .... assistant director of photography
Kristoffer Nyholm .... camera operator
Jan Schut .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Anne Katrine Andersen .... post-production coordinator
Pelle Folmer .... avid consultant
Anne Hovad Fischer .... assistant editor (as Anne Hovad Fisher)
Lene Irgens .... post-production coordinator
Peter Kornbek .... on-line editor
Mogens Rukov .... consultant: editing
Carsten Søsted .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Kim Kristensen .... musician: melodica
 
Other crew
Lene Børglum .... legal advisor
Christel Hammer .... public relations
Ann Køj .... production accountant (as Ann Køj Slemming)
Mette Nelund .... assistant to producer
Nynne Oldenburg .... assistant to producer: Paris
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Annette Buch Petersen .... caterer (as 'Petite' Buch Petersen)
Tine Grew Pfeiffer .... production assistant
Mogens Rukov .... script consultant
Jonathan Sydenham .... translator: English
Ann Vognsen .... production accountant
 
Thanks
Niels Vørsel .... acknowledgment: The Idiots wish to thank
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Idioterne" - Spain (original title)
"Dogma 2: 'The Idiots'" - International (English title) (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, and for language (cut)
Runtime:
117 min | South Korea:110 min (cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 (original rating) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:(Banned) | Italy:VM14 | Italy:T (cut) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) (cut) | South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (cut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R (cut)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Quotes:
Stoffer:You've no bloody talent at any rate.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Road to Hell 3 (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
The SwanSee more »

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62 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Great, 30 June 2000
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

While not quite at the same level as _Breaking the Waves_, the only other Lars von Trier I have seen (his films are quite hard to come by in Midwestern American video stores, you understand), _The Idiots_ is still a great film, and, in some ways, is just as important.

I have to comment on a lot of the reviews I've seen for this movie. A lot of viewers judge the film by the theories and views about the group's existence (particularly the view spoken by the most outspoken of the Idiots, Stoffer). This is surely not the way von Trier meant his audience to take the film. If you paid any attention to the film, you'll notice that the Idiots' lifestyle is never glamorized. Everyone's experience in the group ends in embarrassment and despair. You should also note that none of the Idiots has the same opinion of why they like to act the idiot. Stoffer might say that they do it to upset the bourgeosie (I don't pretend to know how to spell that word), but the next person might be doing it just to play around. The artist (whose name escapes me at the moment) is doing it to become a better artist, and the doctor is doing it almost for experiment. There is never a reason for the groups' existence that the entire group agrees upon. This is extremely important for understanding this film.

The way _The Idiots_ particularly hit me was in the characterizations. The actors are so great in this film that they hit the level of: "Is this really acting, or is it just being?" von Trier hit the same level in _Breaking the Waves_. These actors were so good, their characters just jumped out of the script. There are many characters, and only a few of them are characterized in the script extensively. Stoffer, although not the main character, is the most prominent character in the script. Many of the characters don't have all that many lines or screen time, but I felt I knew them all well.

I also appreciated that it actually entertained me. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it so much. It is often very, very funny (if offensive). It also gripped me emotionally. I did not particularly comprehend the ending's meaning, but it left me with a powerful emotion. I did have tears in my eyes when I left the theater, and a lot of thoughts in my head. When a man outside the theater stopped me to ask me how I liked it, my lips and my brain were too dry to actually answer anything but, "I liked it. I liked it a lot." 9/10

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