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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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Everybody thinks they could make a good and fair boss... or do they? 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lars von Trier ... Narrator (uncredited)

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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99 min
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This movie is shot with camera technique called Automavision, an innovation in which the camera angles and movements are selected by a computer. The media notes explain technique, "a principle for shooting film developed with the intention of limiting human influence by inviting chance in from the cold". There are odd framings and jump cuts within scenes making everything seem a bit unsettled.See more »
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Features The Mirror (1975)See more »

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46 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Everybody thinks they could make a good and fair boss... or do they?, 16 January 2007
Author: Asa_Nisi_Masa2 from Rome, Italy

Last Sunday's cinema outing with my friends here in Rome yielded a very pleasant surprise - Von Trier's unique latest flick, surprisingly enough, a comedy. I've read some comments claiming that this was one of his weakest movies - I respectfully, but firmly disagree. In fact, I would argue that even as a comedy, and thus deprived of the devices that normally make drama seem more powerful, this packed a punch on a par with Dancer in the Dark or Dogville, if not more. If understated power, rather than human agony and melodrama layered on very thick is what you best respond to, you might like Direktøren for det hele more than any other Von Trier movie you've seen so far.

Right from the opening shot, we are made to look into the windows of a cold and desolate office building in some characterless and efficient modern suburb like hundreds of others. Meanwhile, a narrator reassures us that this movie is a comedy. As such, he says, we are allowed not to think - to let this just be brainless entertainment. Hearing a narrator in a Von Trier movie make such an introduction, you just know that what you're about to watch will be anything but mindless fun! In fact, on hearing this I shifted rather uncomfortably in my seat, wondering what the Master Misanthrope had in store for me this time.

The basic plot: When Ravn, an IT company owner decides to sell his business off to a moody and irritable Icelandic businessman, he hires an actor to pretend that he's the Boss of Bosses. The pally, "cuddly", bearded Ravn, vaguely reminiscent of Robin Williams, explains his decision by saying that when he'd founded the company, he had never felt strong and charismatic enough to take on the mantle of president. He always preferred to just blend in with the rest of the staff, while actually pulling all the puppet strings. He had always told his staff that the "real" big boss (obviously non-existent) resided in America and never came to Denmark. When Ravn eventually decides to sell the company, the fussy Icelandic businessman expects the "real" president to sign the contact. For this reason, Ravn is forced to hire Kristoffer, an out-of-work, egocentrical actor, among other things obsessed with the obscure playwright Gambini and convinced that Ibsen is a talentless hack.

Naturally, Kristoffer knows nothing about the company, about IT and Ravn simply asks him to "improvise". Cue some cringeworthy company meetings with Kristoffer talking absolute crap (with one irascible employee, the "country bumpkin", constantly lashing out at him with his fist!). Cue also some inevitable office politics, involving the company's employees reacting to their new-found, flesh-and-blood figure-head, on whom they hang all their hopes and frustrations.

If this sounds like a Danish version of the British TV series "The Office" (remade also in America), please think again - the movie goes well beyond milking the comic potential of a typical contemporary office environment. The wonder of this movie lies in the way in which it plays with ethical issues. I won't give anything more of the plot away, as this would entail spoiling its central twists and surprises. Among other things, this multi-layered, dark and cynical comedy, which had my friends and I chatting for a solid two hours after we left the cinema, is about responsibility and what it means to be truly ethical. Holding oneself accountable for one's actions - how do you deal with that when the insatiable need to feel loved and approved of takes over? The movie is also a wonderful illustration of the typical contemporary corporate environment, whereby the employee is subtly demeaned in being prevented from ever putting a face to those provoking their misery on the workplace. It poses questions on what leadership really means. It shows us how a human being will become blind to the needs of others when it comes to satisfying one's vanity and emotional fragility.

Naturally, as a Lars Von Trier movie this is not a movie that has much faith in humanity. However, unlike Dancer in the Dark, it does not gang up on the viewer with its misanthropy and dramatic bullying. Unlike Dogville, it doesn't present a world in which moral nihilism is the only reality. Unlike Breaking the Waves, it doesn't revel in victimising its lead character. It's far more subtle and multi-facetted in its arguments against human integrity, not to mention that it's laugh-out-loud funny (the whole cinema was in stitches), superbly acted and truly unpredictable. I also enjoyed the cinematography, strictly hand-held digital camera with a purposefully "rudimentary" editing. Highly recommended, on several different levels.

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