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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.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing
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A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai
Drama | Romance
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Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

Director: Lars von Trier
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An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse


Credited cast:
Himself / Stoffer
Iris Albøge ...
Qualified Carer
Himself / Rocker #1
Louise B. Clausen ...
Herself / Rocker Girl
Caroline Sascha Cogez ...
Palle Lorentz Emiliussen ...
Christian Friis ...
Himself / Rocker #3
Anne Louise Hassing ...
Herself / Susanne
Himself (voice)
Bodil Jørgensen ...
Herself / Karen
Ewald Larsen ...
Himself / Rocker #2
Himself / Jeppe
Himself / Henrik
Luis Mesonero ...
Himself / Miguel
Torben Meyrowitsch ...


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2 April 1999 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

The Humiliated  »

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Lars von Trier: It's uncomfortable, but don't show it. I don't think you should say anything. Your face gives you away. You just have to be humiliated like the rest. There were some good moments.
Jens Albinus: It's rather disgusting, isn't it?
Lars von Trier: But there's a goal higher than ourselves. Zentropa's income.
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Fascinating look into the mind of Von Trier
27 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It took me forever to find this film as I live in America. What interested me most was Von Trier's blunt honesty through his little diary recorder. The relationship he has with Anne Louise Hassing is probably the most interesting dimension. The film (and shooting of the film of The Idiots) starts off with him lavishing her with praise, and even confessing to a certain crush he has on her in his diary.

Throughout the film though this slowly turns to hostility to her, with him confessing through his voice over narration at one point "enough of this touchy feely stuff" or something like that. Near the end he feels that Anne is delivering a poor performance, and it becomes grueling.

This is a companion piece to the Idiots, and I strongly suggest that you see the Idiots first. Its a great strange documentary that could only come out of wonderful Denmark.

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