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Idioterne - aka The Idiots (1998)

  Genre: Comedy

Director: Lars von Trier
Writer: Lars von Trier
Cast: Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Troels Lyby,
Anne Louise Hassing, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Louise Mieritz & more
Release Date: 20 May 1998 (Belgium)
Awards: 5 wins & 4 nominations
User Rating: 6,8/10

Review: "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." Written by John Seal (

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