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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)
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

Part of the Canon of Danish Art and Culture. 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

Referenced in The History of Hardcore (2002) See more »

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The Swan
by Camille Saint-Saëns (as Camille Saint-Saens)
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A stone in Your Shoe
17 February 2005 | by dana_jones_23See all my reviews

In Epidemic, one of his previous films, Lars von Trier noted that "a film must be like a stone in the shoe". Eleven years after Epidemic, Lars von Trier is famous, his budgets grew larger and so do the stones he puts in the spectators shoes. No, reality is never what you think it is. It stops moving when you expect it to rush, and than it rushes in a way that makes you dizzy. People that you considered to be serious collapse when it comes to testing their intentions in reality, and people that you never took a note of will prove to be the real heroes of life. At the same time Lars von Trier and his excellent actor ensemble try to explain why (non violent) social experiments always fail, in spite of what we learn at school and watch on TV. They fail for three main reasons. First, the intentions of the hardcore of every movement of this kind are different that the ones they declare on. Second, the few who take a social project seriously will remain outside the hardcore group in a lonely, non-influential position. And third: the external conditions for running an experiment of this kind are such, that it's impact is limited up front to zero, often without the acting persons realize it. A brilliant movie of a brilliant filmmaker, who revolutionized the cinema in the last generation. A must for every thinking person.


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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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