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The title refers to a script that Lars and Niels Vorsel are in the process of writing during the film itself, after their first collaborative script, The Cop and the Whore, gets accidentally trashed in a PC crash.
Some interesting markers on the film:
1. shot in black and white
2. the title of the film is shown in red letters with a trademark symbol throughout the entire course of the film in the upper left corner
As these two develop their story, scenes alternate between the two of them--with their friends and acquaintances--and scenes they envision from the film Epidemic. In the film within a film, Lars plays Dr. Mesmer, whose name, of course, evokes that of the famed 19th century hypnotist, but the character is 20th century; in one scene, we see him suspended from a helicopter. Also in the film within a film is an American black priest. The language of the entire film alternates between English and Danish; the priest speaks English and in one wacky scene, Niels reads a letter from an American teenage girl penpal in English, based on his deciding to have some "fun" (if that's what it could be called) by spoofing pen pal correspondence, writing to 70 teenage American girls and pretending to be a Danish teenaged boy.
If this sounds disjointed, from one perspective, it is that, yes. But what it also does is to establish a jarring juxtaposition of mundane day to day life with the horrific story the two filmmakers are developing.Read more ›
And that ending...just so freaking awesome. To me, it makes the film worth watching (setting aside the relatively slow pacing at times).
The only thing I have against the film is the song that plays for the end credits...it is so terrible. I mean, if Trier's purpose for the song was to bring the audience out of the experience that the film throws you into, then he achieved his goal. Right after that amazing finale, I was letting the movie sink in, and wating for the credits, and this horrible pop theme song for the film begins playing. I almost shed tears of disappointment. That set aside, the movie, as a whole, is just awesome.
Word to the wise: Take the movie out after it is over, and don't wait for the credits to role...
Unfortunately for fans of that horror genre, this is not what happens in Epidemic.
In it, Lars and Niels, playing their own roles as writers, try to summon a new script that they want to present to a Danish Film Institute Executive producer. Abandoning their former detective story with a cop and a prostitute (small nod to Element of Crime!), their new project revolves around a bubonic plague epidemic. Reminder of a crucial past in Europe's medieval history, Epidemic's title appears on the screen the minute the characters start writing their work. Half-diving into scenes from the script then going back to the authors' ups-and-downs trying to write it, the movie happens through this back-and-forth as chapters, an upcoming feature for Lars's future films, appear on the screen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everything gas to be minimal, and minimal is everything. Black and white of course. Minimal camera, film, format, special effects, if any. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
To me Lars Von Trier's 1st 2 films were too artsy and really weird. This 1 is no exception, but it is unlike anything ever viewed in film history. Read morePublished 22 months ago by specialkrp
Lars is an experimentalist and has done some great ground breaking films. It looks like his project in this one was to pack as much boring material into the film as possible and... Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Citris1
A director and a writer creat a script about a mysterious plague that engulfs Europe, only to find this horrid scenario is an awful reality. Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
This little Lars von Trier film proceeds with a peculiar blend of Bergmanesque tragedy and relaxed sense of self-reflexivity. Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by Steiner
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