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This absurd set-up creates ample opportunity for hilarity: The staff is easily convinced that Kristoffer is President despite his ignorance and inarticulate prattle. He must negotiate conversations with the six seniors, who have each been given a different impression of him by Gavn, without letting on that he doesn't know them. He gradually comes to realize that Gavn created the President to take the blame for his unpopular decisions, while Gavn took credit for more generous policies. The men are more alike than Kristoffer would like to think, as they both crave attention and acceptance. "The Boss of It All" is insightful, comical, and almost believable.
The film doesn't look good, though. Lars von Trier employed Automavision to frame all the shots. In other words, he let a computer decide where to put the camera. "Decide" might not be the best word. The computer selects randomly.Read more ›
Some things just don't translate.
Direktøren, a Dutch film renamed 'The Boss Of It All' for markets outside Scandinavian countries, neatly fits into this odd cultural chasm.
It seems, at least to this American, that the film is acutely bizarre and the plot seemingly spun from some unwired stream of consciousness; more experimental film than the purported comedy which is hawked by Amazon's plot synopsis. Admittedly, there are humorous stylistic elements of The Office interwoven into the screenplay. But unlike that sharp edged comedy, this film is lost in its own inner navel. Made more evident when the film's director unexpectedly and repeatedly cuts himself into the movie to give us insight to his filmmaking and concepts of story.
Having read the reviews only after screening the movie, I had no idea this was born from a film auteur. Had not heard the name Lars von Trier previously, who is known for his unorthodox productions. In truth, had I known that from the get-go, I would've chosen not to rent the film. Generally speaking, the film elitist and arthouse body tend to gravitate toward the bizarre and pointless - typically my cue to exit a side door as quickly as possible. Life is just too short.Read more ›
As in many of his films, where he deliberately imposes upon himself a specific constraint (as in his Dogme film "The Idiots" or as in "Dogville" and "Manderlay" where he gets rid of the sets, or as he imposes upon his teacher Jorgen Leth in "The Five Obstructions), he set up a very specific constraint upon himself in the making of this film that defines in large part its style and look. He made use of a technology dubbed "Automavision" -- a camera whose angle and exposure are set randomly by computer -- and the effect is to add a jumpy and kinetic quality to the film that goes against the standard Hollywood style continuity editing and includes jump cuts and non-matching lighting, etc. Somehow it works, in part because of the strength of the acting and the script, but in part because the awkwardness of the style seems to match the story perfectly.Read more ›
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Chances are, if you've never enjoyed one of Lars' movies then this won't work for you either. Personally, I tend to love his films and find them interesting at the very least. Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. Mara
I wish I loved it -- I do love many of Von Trier's movies, I trust his ambition, generally even if I do not think the movie stood for whatever reason, I am glad that he is on the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Austin guy
This Danish DVD is definitely not for most of you. But I know some of you like foreign films; while some of us get a kick out of actors and their "process"; and others are fans of... Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Jay B. Lane
This was recommended to us as being funny. Perhaps it is, but given that the audio sounds like it was recorded underwater using a Fisher-Price microphone in a subway car, I... Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Nicholas and Zarya Fogelson
This film is a situation comedy based on laughing at people in awkward situations. If you have a taste for that kind of thing than this movie is for you. Otherwise forget it.Published on January 9, 2013 by Citris1
This movie is a hilarious crowd-pleaser. A little screwball, a little alternative. I've had many a skeptical friend that I've convinced to see this film and they all ended up... Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by young urban professional
A film mocking corporate life, placed in one of my favorite countries, Denmark: I got this film with great anticipation for a good evening's entertainment. Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by Mary McGreevey
I think von Trier is proud of this film stylistically. But when it comes to fun, I do not find this movie very funny. It seems to be a movie for the movie wise heads. Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Rune Rindel Hansen
I was interested to see what Lars von Trier's take on comedy would be. From the cover I expected something resembling a Danish version of Ricky Gervais' 'The Office', and in some... Read morePublished on January 19, 2010