2018 Film Challenge: 19. Dogville

The first Lars Von Trier film on the list. You know that Von Trier films are generally going to be a bit odd, pretty interesting, possibly quite disturbing and often on the long side. This had all of those going for it. The oddness is mostly in the way it’s staged, in that it is done more like a theatre production than a film. It’s instantly intriguing though takes a little while to get used to. Once you’re engrossed in the film though, you almost stop noticing – kinda similar to reading subtitles. The disturbing elements are pretty disturbing, though less so than some of his more recent films, so that’s something. My decision to follow it up by then watching the first episode of the new season of The Handmaid’s Tale made for quite a full-on Sunday evening. I watched an episode of Grace and Frankie afterwards, just to lighten the mood slightly before bed!

Overall I enjoyed it – it’s an interesting exploration of morality, human nature and society. It’s maybe a little long, but that was my only real complaint. Plus I’m not really sure what you’d cut out. If it was too fast paced it’d be less eerie.

Here are the thoughts I had whilst watching it:

  • Intrigued already
  • It’s him again! Faraday.
  • That’s definitely the most interesting dog I’ve seen in a film
  • An actual car! It looks really out of place.
  • Ha ha, I love the gooseberry bushes even more than the dog
  • I’m fascinated as to where this is going to go and how it’s going to last 3 hours
  • Creepy kid
  • Ooh, an actual bush
  • Really? Tom?
  • I like Martha
  • You should totally doubt him, he’s a dick
  • No! He’s being all gaslighty.
  • Pervy child!
  • Oh god. It was clearly coming, but still.
  • Aw, maybe Tom’s not so bad. Or he just seems less bad in comparison.
  • This doesn’t portray men in a great light
  • Prison’s gotta be better than this. Even the gangsters can’t be much worse. Do a runner!
  • Yikes. I knew it’d get dark, but still.
  • Don’t be hateful? They’re monsters!
  • Oh. I didn’t expect that.
  • Oh thank god.
  • Woah!
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One Response to 2018 Film Challenge: 19. Dogville

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    I’d never seen this before, in fact I haven’t seen many von Trier films, so was quite looking forward to rectifying that. I rented this via Amazon Video, and oh my what a movie!

    I really like how the story twisted and turned, how your opinion of Dogville and it’s inhabitants changed from one of being slightly charmed by their simplistic naivety, to being revulsed and disgusted by their actions. I was cheering Grace and the mobsters on by the end!

    I thought Nicole Kidman was fabulous in this, the best performance from her that I’ve seen. I also thought Paul Bettany as Tom was very good. Whilst this was long, I felt that everything included was relevant, I think the film needed time to breathe in order and to allow the tonal changes to resonate.

    Overall, I very much enjoyed this and would definitely watch again.

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