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.

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Lars von Trier (uncredited)
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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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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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. 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

[Susanne puts a "spastic" Ped behind the van's steering wheel]
Guide at Factory: Who... is he driving?
Susanne: Responsibility does them good.
[Ped drives off recklessly]
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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

Referenced in The Girl Next Door (1999) See more »

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The Swan
by Camille Saint-Saëns (as Camille Saint-Saens)
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The Shaky Reality of Documentary
30 January 1999 | by SummieSee all my reviews

I'm surprised that no one commented on the pseudo documentary's shaky reality as mirroring the problematic reality of the Idiots in the movie. Their attempts to be real idiots so as to appreciate their "inner idiots" parallels the feature film's attempt to mimic the documentary format so as to achieve credibility. By showing the overacting and crew shots in the movie, perhaps it was the director's way of commenting on the the shaky reality of the Idiots existence.

But even though we know that it's a feature film trying to be a documentary, we are still drawn to the vicarious experience of the movie - we still enjoy it as a movie. Perhaps another statement about finding happiness in a fake reality?

Like Idiots, the audience goes into an escaped reality when they go to the cinema, hoping to experience what the protagonists feel on screen. But like the idiots, the denial is only temporary. The final fate of Karen seems to warn the the audience that at the end of the day, this escaped formed of reality is no match to the "real" world that is out there.


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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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