THE IDIOTS

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Cast

Bodil Jørgensen
Jens Albinus
Anne Louise Hassing

Director

Lars von Trier

Producer

Svend Abrahamsen,Dag Alveberg, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Erik Schut, Marianne Slot, Peter van Vogelpoel, Vibeke Windeløv

Genres

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Film synopsis

Von Trier’s “”Dogme”” classic sees an obnoxious group of yuppie misfits form an organisation dedicated to breaking societal taboos by releasing their ‘inner idiot’ and shocking public through constant “”spazzing””. Von Trier utilises his convention-breaking Dogme 95 filmmaking technique – a highly improvised script, natural light, and documentary-style, hand-held video footage – to capture this bizarre subculture as they indulge in extensive comical nudity, poor table manners and a notorious orgy scene. The second in Von Trier’s “”Golden Hearts”” trilogy (with Breaking the Waves and Dancer in the Dark), The Idiots is seen through the eyes of ‘golden heart’ Karen (Bodil Jorgensen), a sad, tentative and psychologically wounded newcomer to the group whose spazzing becomes an extreme and hurtful form of self-degradation.

Running time

109 minutes

Year of production

1998

Classification

High Level Themes, High Level Sex Scenes