Idioterne (The Idiots) (1998)

You're a whole lot dumber than you think

Original Title : Idioterne
Director : Lars von Trier
Writer : Lars von Trier
Genre : Comedy
Country : France
Language : Danish
Producer : Peter Aalbæk Jensen , Erik Schut , Marianne Slot , Vibeke Windeløv , Peter van Vogelpoel
Photography : Casper Holm
Jesper Jargil
Kristoffer Nyholm
Lars von Trier
Distributor : Alliance Atlantis Communications [ca]
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, and for language.
IMDB ID : 0154421
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A group of perfectly intelligent young people decide to react to society's cult of an aimless, non-creative and non-responsible form of intelligence by living together in a community of "idiots". Their main activity becomes going out into the world of "normal" people and pretending to be mentally retarded. They take advantage of this situation to create anarchy everywhere they go and try by every possible means to make people annoyed, disturbed, miserable, ridiculous, angered, and shocked. The films start as they recruit a new lost soul and introduced her to their megalomaniac leader.


One of Von Trier's best This misunderstood and wildly underappreciated film is up there with Riget and Zentropa in the Von Trier canon, and in my opinion better than Breaking the Waves. Critics focussed on the film's perceived cruel attitude towards the mentally handicapped. Idioterne is actually a very personal film about revolution, healing and Danish society's attitude towards the 'retarded'. It is an incredibly brave and moving film that will have you dabbing your eyes by the end. Whoever decided that American filmgoers could not be exposed to the sight of penises, however, needs to lose their job. The absurdity of being exposed to full frontal female nudity--while being protected by big black floating boxes whenever a John Thomas is on screen--is an outrage. Did someone REALLY think this film would break through at the box office if these appendages were obscured? Were they concerned that Joe Six Pack was going to take the wife and kids to that new movie by that famed Danish director that's such a big hit with the arthouse crowd? The mind boggles.
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