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Dogville (2003)

 -  Drama  -  21 May 2003 (France)
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A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away...

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Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. Written by Neil Hillman.

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A quiet little town not far from here.

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Rated R for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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21 May 2003 (France)  »

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The Film 'Dogville' as Told in Nine Chapters and a Prologue  »

Box Office

Budget:

DKK 83,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$88,855 (USA) (26 March 2004)

Gross:

$1,530,386 (USA) (11 June 2004)
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Nicole Kidman reportedly vowed she would never work with Lars von Trier again after completion of the film. Kidman later turned down the lead in his film Antichrist (2009), but in late 2010 revealed that she and Trier were still in touch and in 2012 she was cast in his film Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013), but left the production due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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When Chuck takes the scarf from Grace's neck it shows up two shots later, then is gone again in next shot. See more »

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Narrator: This is the sad tale of the township of Dogville. Dogville was in the Rocky Mountains in the US of A, up here where the road came to its definitive end, near the entrance to the old abandoned silver mine. The residents of Dogville were good honest folks, and they liked their township. And while a sentimental soul from the East Coast had once dubbed their main street Elm Street, though no elm had ever cast its shadow in Dogville, they saw no reason to change anything. Most of the ...
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Hard to digest, but great.
28 August 2005 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Tough. Once again Lars von Trier tortures the audience (as he did previously on Dancer in the Dark) by upraising the darkest side of the human being. From the beginning you know that things can only get worse, but I doubt that one can figure out neither what's to come nor the powerful conclusion. Nicole Kidman's interpretation is perfect - intense, poignant, passionate, you name it. She is fantastic and so is the small cast locked inside Dogville's scenario (a wonderful creation

  • I wonder how something so simple can bring such a strong effect).


Again, the entire cast is fantastic and for that goes an extra credit for Lars von Trier. His capability of pushing actors to the limit and extracting painful emotions from them creates a heavy atmosphere, full of tension and, at the same time, so familiar. It is not that Dogville represents the essence of our communities, but it exposes some aspects of our lives that we prefer to hide under the carpet.


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