DVD Review – Dogville (2004)

I first saw this film just after my back problems started.  I woke in pain in the middle of the night and turned the tv on while I waited for my pain meds to kick in.   I caught just the last few minutes but it was enough to make me want to see more.

Now i have to say it is a very strange film to say the least.  Directed by Lars Von Trier and starring Nicole Kiidman and Lauren Bacall you may be forgiven for expecting a big budget hollywood blockbuster, however you would be wrong.  The whole thing is filmed on literally an empty lot with minimal set.  In many ways it looks a little like rehearsals for a play but the advantage of stripping away all the special effects and scenery is that you can really concentrate on the performances.  The first clip I have for you is from the trailer which gives you a taste of the story without giving too much away

I picked this next clip as it is one of my favourite parts of the film for numerous reasons which I am not going to tell you, I would but it would spoil things so you are just going to have to watch it for yourselves (the full length film is actually on youtube).

And finally I have picked a clip from an interview with the director and lead, you will notice I haven’t really actually said much about the film but I really do think this is one you should watch without someone else telling you too much in advance.

I love this film and give it 5 out of 5, it is not always easy viewing and if you spend some time actually thinking about the messages contained within it regarding humanity, greed and the desire corrupt for selfish purposes then it can be quite depressing but it is as wonderful as it is brutal.   The performances are exceptional especially given the way it is filmed and I really hope that one day the trilogy is made.

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8 comments on “DVD Review – Dogville (2004)

    • it really is a strange film to watch and when I first saw it I did actually think it might have been my meds making me imagine what I had seen until I found it to watch but it really is a fascinating production and the content is quite disturbing when you think about the complexities of human nature it reveals

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