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The Boss of It All -- An IT company hires an actor (Jens Albinus) to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson).

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8 December 2006 (Denmark) See more »
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An IT company hires an actor to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Life may be 'just a Dogme film' but this is not. It's something new. And funny. See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jens Albinus ... Direktøren for det hele / Kristoffer / Svend E
Peter Gantzler ... Ravn
Friðrik Þór Friðriksson ... Finnur (as Fridrik Thor Fridriksson)

Benedikt Erlingsson ... Tolk

Iben Hjejle ... Lise
Henrik Prip ... Nalle
Mia Lyhne ... Heidi A.

Casper Christensen ... Gorm

Louise Mieritz ... Mette

Jean-Marc Barr ... Spencer

Sofie Gråbøl ... Kisser

Anders Hove ... Jokumsen
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Lars von Trier ... Narrator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lars von Trier 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lars von Trier 

Produced by
Lene Børglum .... executive producer
Meta Louise Foldager .... producer
Eva Jakobsen .... assistant producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer
Signe Leick Jensen .... producer (as Signe Jensen)
Skuli Fr. Malmquist .... co-producer
Thor Sigurjonsson .... co-producer
Marianne Slot .... co-producer
Vibeke Windeløv .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Molly Marlene Stensgaard 
 
Set Decoration by
Simone Grau 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kristoffer Nyholm .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Peter Albrechtsen .... sound assistant: pre-production
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... sound
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Ad Stoop .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Hjorth .... Automavision developer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Søren Pedersen .... clapper loader
Claus Rosenløv Jensen .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Julia Bloch .... assistant editor
Bodil Kjærhauge .... assistant editor
Karen Maarbjerg .... post-production coordinator
Emil Tralov .... additional editor: automavision tests
 
Other crew
Lina Bach Christensen .... production coordinator
Linda Daae .... continuity
Peter Hartwig .... software developer
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Janus Schumacher .... production assistant
Marie Sonne-Jensen .... assistant to producer
 

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Also Known As:
"Direktøren for det hele" - Denmark (original title)
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Runtime:
99 min
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Trivia:
A number of visual elements were hidden in the danish distribution of this film. These visual elements, called "Lookeys", were part of a contest to find them all. The first finder was to get a price and a role as an extra in an upcoming film.See more »
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Referenced in Udlændingene for det hele (2007) (V)See more »

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61 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Life may be 'just a Dogme film' but this is not. It's something new. And funny., 18 February 2007
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

Try this. Let's imagine you really want to see a movie. Maybe this one. Nothing wrong with that. But maybe it's also your turn to do some cleaning - you can't remember - but why risk argument or ill-feeling? You decide it was my idea to see the film together. It would be rude to refuse. You're a nice person after all.

The owner of a Danish IT company wants to sell up. There is only one problem. When he started the company he invented an imaginary boss to take the rap for unpopular decisions. So no-one has ever met the 'boss of it all' until now. The Icelanders doing the buying insist on dealing with the actual boss. So he hires an actor.

The actor, Kristoffer or 'Svend E' knows nothing about the company and finds the buyers are not the only ones he has to bluff convincingly. Over the years, he has 'sent' emails to the staff who start holding him responsible for what he has said - and of course he does not know what he's meant to have said. Ravn, the real owner, can't remember but there was some serious stuff going down. A hilarious screwball comedy, The Boss of It All also poses provocative moral dilemmas about how a boss can use fictions to mistreat workers.

Even as a comedy, the film works on several levels. It starts with a basic comedy structure where we know something most of the characters don't. Kristoffer is the butt of the jokes but we want him to win. We want him to guess what he has supposed to have said and somehow turn it to his advantage. All this provides belly laughs at a gut level. Especially when he is accused of 'lousy acting' by a woman who does not know he is acting and means something else, or when he 'has' to have raunchy sex with her. (Even the sex scenes are convincingly real, even while they are excruciatingly funny.)

For fans of von Trier's work, there are more subtle jokes. At the start, we hear von Trier's (uncredited) voice-over pointing out we can just about see his (physical) reflection. But the film, he says, is not worth a moment's reflection as it's comedy. It's as if someone had said, "Whatever you do, don't think of 'x'". Immediately, that's what you think about. Von Trier is the man who 'invented' Dogme95 cinema, the back-to-basics arbitrary rules that included 'The director must not be credited' - itself a pun on the theme of the film. Lines like, "Life is a Dogme film" make us wonder how serious von Trier is as a philosopher, or whether it's a joke at our expense. He can be a bit like the Kristoffer character who gleefully insinuates, "I'm better at being irritating on an intuitive level." Then there are jokes about Danes (who are traditionally afraid of conflict - it is very 'un-Danish to be 'bad cop') and gags that play on a historical power struggle between Denmark and Iceland. The many levels all work so fast that everyone can be laughing at something different at any one time.

Structurally, the movie dazzles. It gets seriously into screwball mode and then every so often the Narrator returns to inject a Brechtian distance, reminding us that it is fiction, making us think about how it comments on the real world or insidious office politics. We feel a tension, a need to get away from serious thought and just find out what happens. The narrator bows to our desires and promises, god-like, to resolve the dramatic tensions. (Fans of Shakespeare will recall how the Bard would use a Narrator to draw attention to what we were experiencing and so encourage us to analyse it. The Narrator, in Shakespeare's plays, as in The Boss of It All, could be the true boss, telling us what is really happening beneath the surface.) And the dramatic ending will have you clinging to your seat. Hold on to your sides cos if you laugh too much you might miss something.

Ever the creator of some new cinematic technique, von Trier has committed the movie's cinematography to a (published) mathematical formula and principle called 'Automavision'. This is designed to 'limit human interference' and free the work from the force of habit and aesthetics. As with Dogme95, no doubt half the film community will ask if he is serious while another sector will go off and studiously practice it. As an added fillip, Danish fans can play 'Lookey', to find hidden visual elements out of context in the movie and first winner gets to be an extra in the next film. Von Trier has also devised a new ascetic aesthetic to 'rediscover his original enthusiasm for film.' And he's tired of playing 'bad cop' in professional relationships while other people get to be 'good cop' and nice to everyone, yet this master of intellectual creation has taken the experience as inspiration for the film, "poking fun at artsy-fartsy culture."

They sometimes say that if God didn't exist you'd have to invent him. Sometimes you just need to know who you are dealing with. You need The Boss of it All. At least in this film Lars von Trier credits himself as Director. Not since The Five Obstructions has the question of authorship been so seriously questioned. Even the character of the actor, who wields enormous power, has to consult his 'character' on how things should proceed.

From such serious polemics as Dogville and Manderlay, the cowboy romp of Dear Wendy, the quasi philosophy of The Idiots, and the serious mainstream challenges of Dancer in the Dark and Breaking the Waves, one of the most original creative forces in contemporary cinema has turned his technical genius to pure comedy. Gainsayers will still call him pretentious, but they may laugh their socks off before they find out who's telling the joke.

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