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The Idiots (1998)

Idioterne (original title)
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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 (uncredited)

Writer:

Lars von Trier
6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bodil Jørgensen Bodil Jørgensen ... Karen
Jens Albinus ... Stoffer
Anne Louise Hassing Anne Louise Hassing ... Susanne
Troels Lyby ... Henrik
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Jeppe
Louise Mieritz ... Josephine
Henrik Prip Henrik Prip ... Ped
Luis Mesonero Luis Mesonero ... Miguel
Knud Romer Jørgensen Knud Romer Jørgensen ... Axel
Trine Michelsen Trine Michelsen ... Nana
Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis ... Katrine
Paprika Steen ... High Class Lady
Erik Wedersøe Erik Wedersøe ... Stoffer's Uncle
Michael Moritzen Michael Moritzen ... Man From Municipality
Anders Hove ... Josephine's Father
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Storyline

A group of perfectly intelligent young people decide to react to society's cult of aimless, non-creative and non-responsible form intellect by living together in a community of "idiots". Their main activity becomes going out into the world of "normal" people and pretending to be mentally retarded. They take advantage of this situation to create anarchy everywhere they go and try by every possible means to make people annoyed, disturbed, miserable, ridiculous, angered, and shocked. The film starts as they recruit a new lost soul and introduce her to their megalomaniac leader. Written by Matthieu Navarro

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Taglines:

A film by idiots, about idiots, for idiots See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, and for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of the many favorite films of Tom Six, the creator of The Human Centipede trilogy. See more »

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

[at Stoffer's birthday party]
Susanne: I think Stoffer should choose what we do next. Because it's his party.
Stoffer: Gang bang.
Susanne: No, listen, we've got picture lotto, spin the bottle...
Stoffer: Gang bang.
Nana: Count me in. Gang bang! Gang bang!
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Alternate Versions

To avoid an NC-17 rating, the U.S. distributor used black bars to cover all shots of male genitals and penetration during the orgy scene. See more »

Connections

Featured in Lars from 1-10 (1998) See more »

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The Swan
by Camille Saint-Saëns (as Camille Saint-Saens)
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One of Von Trier's best
5 May 2001 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

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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Official Sites:

Dogme 95 collective

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

21 May 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Idiots See more »

Filming Locations:

Denmark See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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