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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 »
Genre:
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 »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
It takes a Dane See more (137 total) »

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:
[Susanne puts a "spastic" Ped behind the van's steering wheel]
Guide at Factory:Who... is he driving?
Susanne:Responsibility does them good.
[Ped drives off recklessly]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Den idiotiske filtersætning (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Vi Er Dem De Andre Ikke Må lege MedSee more »

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39 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
It takes a Dane, 27 April 2002
Author: ekkir from Denmark

As a Dane it may be easier to see where Lars Von Trier is coming from with this social criticism (satire of social criticism!) movie.

First of all he comes from a country that prides itself in two traditions:

1. a state that takes care of and cares for everyone

2. a country that has a long tradition of social-criticism in literature and movies

For more than ten years it seemed that every big film project in Denmark had a social agenda...That was probably the only way to get financial support for your film project - which was most of the time, if not all of the time - supplied by the state.

This film is poking fun - primarily - at this social criticism tradition, while it also renews it.

But how much should we take seriously - Lars Von Trier would probably laugh at anyone, who takes this movie at face value - as a bona fide social criticism (which it is not!) and - of course - it fails as traditional "social criticism", just look at it - this is not a film like Pelle the Conquerer, there are no drunken, heavy-set men seducing their underage nieces and abusing the working man sadistically.

In short this movie wasn't meant to succeed in the genre in a traditional sense.

It has a more profound agenda - I have a hard time putting words to it, because what the movie says is so very Danish. Certain scenes are simply great: When they visit the factory and "the idiots" are allowed to turn the machines on and off...I can't explain why that is so intensely funny, but I'm pretty sure it's a Danish thing.

This film is funny, sad, sentimental, wonderfully-acted... It comments on a social-democratic tradition and state that embraces you for better and for worse...It also talks about capitalism in this system...Maybe it's really all about the compromise inherent in a social-democratic tradition existing parallel with a capitalist system. Such a compromise could be viewed as hypocrisy from a philosophical standpoint.

Central to this movie is the theme of honesty and sincerity...And all the while you don't want to take it too seriously, because you have a feeling that the director isn't all that serious about it himself...

In short I find the movie and it's intention irresistibly confusing.

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