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The Idiots
(Dogme-95 Idioterne)
Denmark - 1998
Directed by Lars von Trier


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The Idiots is about a group of young people who share one interest: idiocy. With a large house as their base, they spend all their spare time together exploring the hidden and less appreciated values of idiocy. They practise! The project is a manifestation of an explosive appetite for life in which they confront society with their idiocy. Nothing can be compared to the mutual feeling of success, every time their personal limits are transcended in yet another scenario.

By accident Karen meets 3 members of the group and unintentionally she gets involved in their little game. She gradually understands what they are up to, and at first she is angry, but eventually she begins to participate in their diversions.

Karen is different from the idiots. She is from a segment of society that hasn’t got time to theorise over life and its qualities. She has been drifting aimlessly, and conceals a sadness that comes to the surface every now and then, but with the idiots she finds solace and understanding without prying questions. Soon she’s drawn by the group’s satanic games. She’s attracted by their joy. And she becomes one of them.

For Axel, one of the members, family life and work become more and more difficult, because the idiots keep terrorising his everyday life. For fun at first, but suddenly it isn’t funny anymore. Axel isn’t the only one to leave as the idiocy escalates, but the departures only strengthen the group’s solidarity. Most stay; they want to live out the excessive feelings, the aggression, the curiosity and the uncontrolled, egotistical primitive sexuality.

It is as a measure of the heights they scale that Stoffer suggests that they formalise the group’s solidarity. Everybody has to undergo the ultimate test. A test that must be undergone at home, in front of their nearest and dearest, and which will separate the sheep from the goats. Only the seven strongest remain. Karen is the last one of the group to undergo the test.

Thanks to the official website of The Idiots for the above synopsis.  You can visit their site at this URL:  www.dogme95.dk/the_idiots/content/index.htm

Lars von Trier was nominated for the Golden Palm from the Cannes Film Festival as well as for a European Film Award for The Idiots (1998).

Runtime:  117 minutes


Guest Comments

From:  "andi"

"right stuff to the right time in a not right world"


From:  "Dave"

"Weird, thought provoking, funny, peculiar and the most sexually explicit scene I have ever seen.  I have had a sheltered life."


From:  "Peenut"

"Das ist der besten Film, den ich in meinem ganzen Leben gesehen habe!  Ich bin ein grosser Fan von allen Filmen,die von Trier gemacht wurden.  Warum aber, man hoert so wenig ueber den Film, in dem Bjork spielt?"


From:  "Antonio"

"the idiots","Um filme criativo com base na capacidade de loucura dos actores e feito com equipamento simples e barato."


From: "Thom"

"One of the most disturbing films I've ever seen- But in a good way.Provokes alot of thought. The version that I saw on video in NZ cut out some of the penetration shots- but you could still tell its was real intercourse. Any hoo, the whole dogma 95 manifesto is a kick arse Idea in itself."

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