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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:
(8 articles)
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User Reviews:
One of Von Trier's best See more (138 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)

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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Color:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Written in four days as part of the Dogma 95 Manifesto.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:Being an idiot with you is one of the best things I've ever done.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Road to Hell 3 (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Vi Er Dem De Andre Ikke Må lege MedSee more »

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51 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
One of Von Trier's best, 5 May 2001
Author: John Seal from Oakland CA

This misunderstood and wildly underappreciated film is up there with Riget and Zentropa in the Von Trier canon, and in my opinion better than Breaking the Waves. Critics focussed on the film's perceived cruel attitude towards the mentally handicapped. Idioterne is actually a very personal film about revolution, healing and Danish society's attitude towards the 'retarded'. It is an incredibly brave and moving film that will have you dabbing your eyes by the end.

Whoever decided that American filmgoers could not be exposed to the sight of penises, however, needs to lose their job. The absurdity of being exposed to full frontal female nudity--while being protected by big black floating boxes whenever a John Thomas is on screen--is an outrage. Did someone REALLY think this film would break through at the box office if these appendages were obscured? Were they concerned that Joe Six Pack was going to take the wife and kids to that new movie by that famed Danish director that's such a big hit with the arthouse crowd? The mind boggles.

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