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The Boss of It All (2006)

Direktøren for det hele (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 8 December 2006 (Denmark)
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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.

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Lars von Trier

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Lars von Trier
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Cast

Cast overview:
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 Henrik Prip ... Nalle
Mia Lyhne Mia Lyhne ... Heidi A.
Casper Christensen ... Gorm
Louise Mieritz ... Mette
Jean-Marc Barr ... Spencer
Sofie Gråbøl ... Kisser
Anders Hove ... Jokumsen
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Storyline

The owner of an IT firm wants to sell up. The trouble is that when he started his firm he invented a nonexistent company president to hide behind when unpopular steps needed taking. When potential purchasers insist on negotiating with the "Boss" face to face the owner has to take on a failed actor to play the part. The actor suddenly discovers he is a pawn in a game that goes on to sorely test his (lack of) moral fibre. Written by Trust Film Sales

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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden | France | Italy | Germany | Iceland

Language:

Danish | Icelandic | English | Russian

Release Date:

8 December 2006 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boss of It All See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€189,228 (Italy), 7 January 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,052, 27 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,300, 13 July 2007
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Danish Humor and Culture
30 January 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The Danish lawyer Ravn (Peter Gantzler) owns the high technology company IT that he founded with the money he borrowed from his six directors. However, he invented a fictitious and powerful president named "The Boss of It All" to cover the unpopular policies of the company with the employees. When he decides to sell up the company to the Icelandic entrepreneur Finnur (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson), the buyer demands to negotiate directly with the president of IT. Ravn hires the unemployed actor Kristoffer (Jen Albinus), who is a fan of the actor Antonio Gambini, to perform the role of president of IT under a contract of confidentiality. Along the days, Kristoffer gets close to and emotionally involved with the employees of IT. Sooner he finds that the lawyer of Finnur is his ex-wife that tells him that Ravn is tricking his colleague that will lose their jobs and rights. Kristoffer tries to persuade Ravn to confess his business to the co-workers until he finds that Finnur is also a fan of Gambini.

The witty "Direktøren for det Hele" is a surrealistic dark humor comedy of Lars von Trier with a funny story of greed and vanity. I am a big fan of this director and I liked this movie, but I lost many jokes since I am not familiarized with Danish humor and culture. The conclusion is very sarcastic and I believe not easy to be understood. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Grande Chefe" ("The Big Boss")


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