Film Sunday: “Idiots” (1998)


In a posh neighbourhood outside Copenhagen, a cult of middle-class deserters, living in a large, unfurnished house, act out their alienation by pretending to be mentally impaired. In 1995 Lars von Trier co-founded Dogma 95, a movement which aimed at endorsing filmmaking based on the traditional values of story, acting, and theme, and excluding the use of elaborate special effects or technology. His “Idiots” were aimed at showing the Dogma 95 principles at work, but was met with controversial response by audiences. Indeed, the film teeters between being the most unwatchable and the most watchable film ever. So we will have to decide for ourselves.