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The Boss of It All(Direktøren for det hele)

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Denmark, Sweden, France · 2006
1h 35m
Director Lars von Trier
Starring Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler, Benedikt Erlingsson, Henrik Prip
Genre Comedy, Experimental

Ravn, the owner of a Danish tech firm, dodges all responsibility for his touchier business decisions by inventing an imaginary boss. But when Ravn needs to sell his company, he is forced to hire failed actor Kristoffer to impersonate the absentee manager, catapulting a series of absurd comic encounters.

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For all its slightness, pic is helmer's least pretentious and most sheerly enjoyable for years.


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

The result is a kind of very faux documentary style, which, along with the subject matter, has suggested to some the influence of the BBC television series "The Office." Von Trier says he's never seen an episode, and I believe him.


New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

With echoes of "Dave," in which Kevin Kline takes over for the comatose U.S. President he resembles, Kristoffer begins to feel the power given to him and to make his own decisions, leading to some hilarious situations and an unpredictable ending.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

Like all of Mr. von Trier's films, The Boss of It All is a cold, misanthropic work that places no faith in institutions and in humanity itself. But it's also very funny.


Boston Globe by Ty Burr

The Boss of It All finds the common ground between business and acting -- panicky improvisation -- and wonders whether applause or an executive comp package is the greater reward.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Funny is not a word often used to describe von Trier's output, but "Boss" definitely is that, thanks to a breezy script and a bright cast.

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