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Dogville (2004)

Nicole Kidman , Paul Bettany , Lars von Trier  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Harriet Andersson, Jean-Marc Barr
  • Directors: Lars von Trier
  • Writers: Lars von Trier
  • Producers: Anja Grafers, Bettina Brokemper, Els Vandevorst, Gillian Berrie, Jonas Frederiksen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002DB52M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, James Caan. A woman on the run from gangsters hides out in the small village of Dogville, but the welcoming townspeople soon discover her dangerous secret that threatens to unravel their idyllic landscape. 2003/color/177 min/NR/widescreen.

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192 of 219 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LONG BUT WORTH IT (AND IT'S NOT ANTI-AMERICAN!) April 3, 2004
Von Trier has never been to America and has been known to have said that he is afraid to visit the U.S. With this in mind, it seems a little audacious if not viciously self-indulgent to make a film about the ugliness of human nature set in an American village.
Critics have pounced on this feature of the movie, accusing von Trier of anti-Americanism. I feel such paranoid jibes completely miss the point: although Dogville is set in a fictional village in the Rockies during the Depression-era, it really could be any place, any time. It is anti-human-ugliness. The tagline reads "A quiet little town not far from here", and the sparse stage set reinforces that point. The viewer's imagination is meant to fill in the gaps, making Dogville their home town for nearly three hours.
The theme veers around Grace (Nicole Kidman) arrives, seeking shelter from pursuing gangsters, the natives are reluctant to help. With the assistance of a local 'philosopher' (played by Paul Bettany), she eventually persuades the inhabitants to relent, and they grant her a two week trial period. During the fortnight, she manages to win the villagers over by performing good deeds, but gradually they begin to take advantage of her kindness and the rot sets in.
This is an extremely long film, but it is definitely worth the effort. It is an allegory of staggering proportions, it deals with virtually every aspect of humanity and some of the most fundamental questions people can face, whilst maintaining a lightness of touch that makes the mental workout more than bearable. Did it have to be 3 hours? No. But nor did the Matrix or LOTR or the Titanic.
So empty the tank, order a pizza and coke, and settle down for 180 minutes of cinematic genius.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
I've gone back and forth between thinking that this film is incredibly sick and incredibly brilliant. I still can't make up my mind, so all I can say is that is the most unique film I have ever seen: a very sick and amazing film, showing the darkness of the human heart when there are no rules to protect its victim. It starts out very slow, but gets good after 30 minutes (it is nearly 3 hours long). The violence of this film surpasses Pulp Fiction, but in a much more subtle way (if I was to say any more I would give the whole film away). The symbolism is worthy of analysis...a film student could write for days about what they see in this film...and afterwards, your mind will be racing and trying to make sense of it all. This is, in my opinion, the best work Nicole Kidman has ever done.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning, Visceral, Cerebral Gem of a Film! August 26, 2004
DOGVILLE is unlike almost any film you will see. Writer Director Lars von Trier once again has dared to pry open the truths concealed by conventional facades to examine the human condition, the plight of human survival in a world populated by intimidated individuals who only define their public identity by affiliating/identifying with the Norm. In so many ways this story with a Prologue and Nine Chapters is a morality play ad as such it is piercingly poignant and superbly constructed. This film is a minimalist film: the 'sets' are diagrammed lines on the floor, the props are spare, the action all taking lace on a sound stage that appears like a Joseph Cornell box.

The Depression Years in America, a time of gangsters, poverty and minimal communication of world events to the tiny towns on the Midwest. Dogville is a rural small town in the Midwest peopled by what appear to be good folk. Into this scene enters a beautiful girl on the run Grace (a luminous Nicole Kidman) who seems to be in flight from gangsters. The town's philosopher Tom (Paul Bettany in an extraordinary performance) finds Grace, hides her in the town's mineshaft (over the door is the inscription 'Speak the Truth'...), and convinces the townsfolk to harbor her. In exchange for this kindness Grace must do some work for each of them everyday as a gesture of good will. When the police come looking for Grace later, the townsfolk still protect her but the price is doubling the amount of work she must do in reparation. Slowly this town of kind appearing folk become wary of Grace, start lies about her, abuse her sexually and physically, and eventually fetter her as their prisoner.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
`Dogville' is one of those films that you really have to see multiple times to really appreciate. Maybe that is the case with all good films, for no film can really be considered a masterpiece after one solitary viewing (or can they?). I've seen `Dogville' a number of times, and even though I was quick to laud it after one viewing alone, it has really settled with me as one of the most important and most controversially monumental films of the past decade, maybe even forever, the more I see it.

With each frame, director Lars von Trier has captured something so organic and so human it is the epitome of brilliance.

Now, I totally understand why people may hate this film, or find it pretentious and `artsy' (I really hate that label). For me, this is BY FAR von Trier's finest film. It is visual impacting, morally aggressive and seemingly conflicted in its direction. The films final moment (where everything comes to a brutal and shocking conclusion) is one of the most visually and mentally exhausting sequences in film this past decade (maybe even forever) and it is for that reason that I feel this film could be labeled confusing or even pointless. It is far from pointless, but I can see why some may draw that conclusion. The films pacing and the way in which the film is painted (the stale, almost vacant visual surroundings) can be off-putting to some, especially those belonging to the A.D.D. generation spawned by overindulgence in Michael Bay cinema. That addressed, it is the pacing and seemingly plain surroundings that add so much depth to the production. The chalk outlined template used as the basis for the films unraveling has so much meaning and carries with it so much weight. Sure, it is definitely `artsy', but it is art with a direct and poignant message.
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1.0 out of 5 stars There is such a lack of action that I was feeling better when I got up...
I just watched this movie. It is painfully slow. It is more of a stage play minus a significant amount of props. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Stratman007
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Excellent movie. A little bit slow but the direction is excellent and the ending is a bang. Lars Von Trier outdid himself on this one.
Published 26 days ago by David Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beaut.
Before he developed a cinematic messiah complex and turned out such stuff as "Melancholia", Trier did some intriguing and dramatically satisfying work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Jakobsen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
didn't work at all,wouldn't play .seller returned my money
Published 2 months ago by cindy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Great performance by Nocole Kidman. Terribly dark movie though.
Published 3 months ago by R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I actually haven't seen this movie in awhile, but it was not forgotten. It was really good albeit disturbing. Definitely not your run of the mill movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by dexlin
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The first 10-15 minutes was so boring that I watched no more.
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Celec
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not like it.
Published 4 months ago by Salvadore J. Christiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of theatre
For those who can't make it to the actual theatre, but want to see an amazing play with talented actors, this is it.
Published 4 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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