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Idiots

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  • Actors: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Troels Lyby, Jens Albinus, Louise Hassing, Bodil Jorgensen
  • Directors: Lars von Trier
  • Format: Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: Danish, English, Taiwanese Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fejui Media Corporation (Taiwanese Import)
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQMNY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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101 of 107 people found the following review helpful By "nburnbuam" on July 21, 2001
Format: DVD
TO ANY ONE READING THIS,THE MOVIE IS WORTHWHILE I HAVE A MULTI REGION DVD PLAYER AND GOT MY HANDS ON THE EUROPEAN VERISON(REGION 2) UNCENSORED,THAT VERSION IS WORTH IT. IT GALLS ME THAT WE IN AMERICA WOULD SEEM TO HAVE TO BE PROTECTED FROM SEEING WHAT THE DIRECTORS TRUE VISION OF HIS WORK IS. AGAIN HOPFULLY IT WILL SOME DAY BE RELEASED ON THESE SHORES UNCENSORED. I WILL NOT BUY CENSORED MATERIAL AND I HOPE TRUE MOVIE LOVERS WILL AGREE.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2000
Format: DVD
Although not quite as powerful as his more recent Dancer in the Dark, the Idiots achieves a level of provacation that for many people may exceed Dancer. Why? Because it looks like your buddy brought his video camera along on some crazy escapades -- capturing things that not only defy conventional cinema, but behavior that would likely freak most conventional people out in the real world... without resorting to gimmicks of such in-you-face filmmaking such as crime/murder/odd drugs.
But there is more going on here than that. For example, there is a thinly veiled notion expressed by the characters that they are debilitating middle class mores through their actions -- while at the same time all the escapades are explicitly enabled because of middle class society (the home they are house-sitting, the public facilities they invade, the conventiond of respecting the disabled that they exploit).
But neither issue is the point. Whether middle class society is to blame, or makes the story's surroundings possible are not the issues. Rather, the plain pain the protagonist discovers, and her final transformation are at the heart of the film's point, where a question about the nature of sanity (what is sane in an insane world?) is really what one leaves with.
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That said, beware the American edition of this film (whether in theaters, on VHS, or DVD). It has been censored to acheive the R rating. Acquire a copy of the film from Britain to see the version that no American distributor would touch, due to the frank and un-simulated evocation of the sexuality inherent in this undertaking.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Eric Anderson on January 18, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
It is a shame that more publicity has been made about the Dogma 95 experiment than about the products they rendered. So try looking beyond the Dogma stamp. The Idiots is an amazing film built upon a complex story and reveals elements of the human condition rarely revealed on the big screen. Von Trier is an expert at creating shocking cinema. Not only is it shocking because it is filmed differently than almost any other film you've seen, but it is also shocking because it is filled with nudity, vulgarity and controversial themes. It makes fun of mentally retarded adults under the guise of a serious social experiment. It has violent fights, an orgy scene... Despite all this, try looking beyond the shocking elements. What you will find beyond all the things that many critics chose not to look past is an emotionally powerful portrayal of a group of individuals searching for a way in which to view their identity in a way that is devoid of all social artifices. It is a story of a people trying to actively live out an idea that there is something essential about their being which can be reached through an extreme modification of their behaviour. It becomes increasingly clear throughout the narrative that these people are running away from who they are rather than finding something essential. The emotional tension that is being withheld slowly rises to the surface and culminates in one of the most devastating scenes I've ever witnessed. It is moving not just because it deals with death, but because it illuminates in an exaggerated fashion the way in which people in society today hide from themselves and subsequently reveal themselves to be frail and insecure. Of course, all of the elements that go into making this such a shocking film are inextricably incorporated into the emotional power created. You need to watch this film while withholding moral judgements and consider the issues that are being so skilfully portrayed in a way no other director was able to do before Dogma 95.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 19, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
"The Idiots" ("Idioterne") is the controversial 1998 black comedy by Danish director Lars von Trier ("Breaking the Waves," "Zentropa," "The Kingdom) that has been the target of censor boards around the world. Karen (Bodil Jorgensen) finds herself introduced to a group of intelligent, good-looking young adults who live together and led by the charismatic Stoffer (Jens Albinus). They all decide they will provoke a response from the bourgeoisie by going out in public and pretending to be mentally and/or physically disabled.
Their constant efforts to create anarchy in every situation is basically what we would have called guerilla theater back in the Sixties. But the larger question is whether the film itself is part of the attack. The people confronted with these "idiots" are always shocked, angered, disturbed, or at least annoyed. Yet these are reactions the viewing audience can have as well to what they see; "The Idiots" is guerilla theater in the tradition of Andy Kaufman, albeit with sexually explicit scenes thrown in to really keep you guessing as to what is really going on. If you have never seen a truly provocative film, then, yes, I fully expect "The Idiots" might prove to be too much for you to handle.
This film is made under the Dogma banner, which von Trier established in 1995 as a restrictive anti-establishment manifesto requiring filmmakers to avoid the use of props, sets, artificial sound and light, lens filters and superficial action, all while filming with one handheld camera. Lars von Trier won the FIPRESCI Award at the London Film Festival for this film. The citation reads, in part, "For its attempt to rethink film language and social rules from scratch and willingness to accept the limitations of both its method and cultural assumptions.
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