A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
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DOGVILLE
2003 - Lars von Trier - Denmark
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Lars von Trier's Dogville is not for everyone. Like most Von Trier films, the experimental"Dogme" style filmmaking requires some patience and is unique from anything else in cinema. However, for those who connect with Von Trier's approach will certainly be engaged. The screenplay is masterful in exploring complex political, intellectual and moral issues, all while using limiting techniques (filmed entirely on stage, with NO walls- only white boarders representing them- and very few props) to generate a deeply emotional experience and connection. What's truly great about Dogville is the way it challenges the viewer. It's a film that can be interpreted in many different views (be it religiously, politically, socially, etc), but is ultimately about human behavior. There is no definitive answers, but the importance and impact lies in the thought-provoking questions that are raised. Nicole Kidman's performance is astonishing, and further proof of both her screen presence and wide range of acting abilities. Through facial expressions and posture alone, she completely engrosses the role. Kidman is aided by a highly talented supporting cast including the wonderful Patricia Clarkson as well as another strong performance from Von Trier regular Stellan Skarsgard. Dogville is a masterful cinematic accomplishment. An ambitious, complex experience that is both intellectually and emotionally powerful and thought-provoking.
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