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This review is from: Dogville [DVD]  (DVD)
What does one make of Dogville? I can say, without risking speaking out of turn, that this is the most originally styled movie in the history of movies. The film starts by introducing us to the town of 'Dogville', which is basically just a lay out that consists of white lines on a black canvass. Naturally, I expected the film to switch to a more proper set once it started proper - but it doesn't! Flamboyant Danish director Lars Von Trier leaves us with just this very basic set, and I was expecting to start hating the film very quickly for that very reason. But this style only allows Von Trier to show what a talented artist he really is, as the lack of distractions allows him to put the focus on the acting and story, both of which are immense. The story is rich with themes of acceptance and retribution, while the entire cast - which consists of many smaller European stars - prove their worth by delivering it in a way that is engaging and thought provoking. We follow Grace (Nicole Kidman) who, while on the run from gangsters, stumbles into Dogville where the locals agree to take her in....at a price.
I admire the audacity and bravery of Lars Von Trier for making this movie, which most people, frankly, would have laughed at if they heard the idea before seeing the movie. The movie clocks in at just less than three hours, but you honestly wouldn't believe it while watching. Dogville goes to show how jaded audiences have become, as many movies nowadays tend to put the focus on either big explosions etc, or horrid fake sentiment; but Von Trier has shown that all a movie needs to work is a strong story and some good actors to deliver it. Dogville is story telling at it's most basic as it is delivered with hardly any means other than dialogue and acting, and so requires a talented auteur to tell it, which it has in Lars Von Trier. The director has made many original and inventive films, and has gained quite a good reputation, of which this film only adds to. One thing that many people tend to think of movies these days is that there's no originality left, which is true to an extent, but my response to those people is simple - watch 'Dogville' and reconsider.