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The Idiots(Idioterne)

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Denmark, Spain, Sweden · 1998
Rated R · 1h 57m
Director Lars von Trier
Starring Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing, Troels Lyby
Genre Comedy, Drama

In Lars von Trier's first film shot entirely in compliance with the Dogme 95 manifesto, a commune of adults seek to challenge the propriety of bourgeois society by pretending to be disabled in public, often making disruptive and loud scenes in alignment with their inhibition-releasing romantic ideals. But a newcomer to the group may challenge this challenge.

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The New York Times by Dana Stevens

Has nothing on its mind besides the squirming discomfort of its audience, the achievement of which it holds up as a brave political accomplishment.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

It's overtly about provocation, set in a tony Danish suburb where a group of men and women living commune-style in an empty house are discovering their "inner idiots" by pretending to be developmentally challenged.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

The group's intent is not to insult those physically or mentally challenged in any manner of degree but, rather, to disturb middle-class types as much as they possibly can.


L.A. Weekly by Manohla Dargis

Becomes guilty of the very prejudice that his film has so obviously tried to subvert. It's too bad -- the rest of it is hilarious.

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