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Idioterne (1998)

The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves.

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Karen
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Henrik
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Jeppe
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Josephine
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Ped
Luis Mesonero ...
Miguel
Knud Romer Jørgensen ...
Axel
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Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis ...
Katrine
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High Class Lady
Erik Wedersøe ...
Stoffer's Uncle
Michael Moritzen ...
Man From Municipality
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Josephine's Father
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A group of perfectly intelligent young people decide to react to society's cult of aimless, non-creative and non-responsible form intellect 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 film starts as they recruit a new lost soul and introduce her to their megalomaniac leader. Written by Matthieu Navarro

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A film by idiots, about idiots, for idiots See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, and for language | See all certifications »

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21 May 1998 (France)  »

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Dogma 95 - Idioterne  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,235 (USA) (30 April 2000)

Gross:

$7,235 (USA) (30 April 2000)
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One of Von Trier's best
5 May 2001 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

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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