Lars von Trier
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About the Movie
When a beautiful young Grace (Nicole Kidman) arrives in the isolated township of Dogville, the small community agrees to hide her from a gang of ruthless gangsters, and, in return, Grave agrees to do odd jobs for the townspeople. But as the search for her intensifies, they demand a much better deal. What they don’t know is that Grace has a dangerous secret, and their quiet little town will never be the same.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 164
- Fresh: 114
- Rotten: 50
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: What Lars von Trier has achieved is avant-gardism for idiots.
Fresh: Dogville is another round of brazen disrespect from cinema's baddest boy. But the movie, despite its ultimate nuttiness, has a quiet, consuming power that sneaks up on you and doesn't go away.
Fresh: You just have to see it to believe it. Frankly, I have never seen anything like it, which is not to say that it's good or bad, but it is different and even original.
Fresh: Yes, it plays like a baldfaced, brazen insult, but it is a stunningly accomplished one.
Special effects for the mind, not the eyes
This is a truly artistic movie filmed in the style of an art school play. A minimalist set is used to represent the town which at first is distracting, however the lack of visual details help the viewer focus on the mental aspect of the film rather than on visual elements. If you are looking for a visually stimulating movie, you probably will not enjoy Dogville. However, if you are looking for an excellent story that explores human nature when a group has leverage over an individual, this movie will mentally satisfy.
This film is definitely not for everyone - only those who value a great story over dazzling special effects. It has an extremely minimalistic set that allows the excellent acting to really take center stage. Literally. While being a movie, it looks very much like a play. Set in the tiny mountain town of Dogville in depression era America, the townsfolk gain deep insight into the darkside of humanity when it grudgingly befriends and protects the beautiful Grace (Nicole Kidman) from a dangerous group of mobsters.
Wow, I really didnt expect this.
Though I admire the attempt for this film to be so bare that its thought of as artistic, but the fact that there were no sets, laid a brick wall between the veiwer and the movie. Everytime that you felt remotly close to anyone, there was a sudden (bad) change in the plot, and you were brought back to reality. One moment, the charecters were amazing people, fighting for love and freedome, the next, they were evil, heartless things. The first hour was nothing special, maybe even boring, almost to the point to turning it off. The Middle started to feel like a good story when they had love to fight for. And the end, the end, left me horrified, damaged, and misrable.(They were some of the most horrible things ever.) None of this can be blamed on the actors though, so bravo to them for putting on a fine preformance. In conclusion, I dont recomend this movie to just anyone, only if you are a fan of one of the actor's of director's work.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2004
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