I can see why this has many mixed reviews, its certainly a movie that is a must see even if just once for shock value, the story is very surreal and is hard to follow if your not concentrating, it certainly needs your full attention to try and make sense from it, the overall acting is good from both stars, there is some pretty intense moments of violence which some people wont like watching or find pointless, the film is part colour and black and white in places, don't go in thinking its a straight up horror movie as its not its very deep and twisted, it will bore some people I understand but as a whole I think it was very well conceived and deserves to be seen, but its not something you will go back to often, or maybe you will just to try and figure it out..
This R1 criterion edition has 2 disc crammed with extras, a nice booklet and is uncut at 108min.
First of all: the reason I've bought this DVD sent from Italy and sold by Amazon instead of the one that is sold and sent directly by Amazon was because this said it had English subtitles. It also writes on the DVD that it has English subtitles. It is also in the DVD menu. But when you choose the English subtitles, you will see there are none. I have tried different DVD players and PCs, different audio-subtitle combinations, but nothing works: this DVD, contrary to the manufacturer's claim, doesn't have English subtitles and so I paid in vain.
I was able to watch the film without wubtitles anyway. And it became the ONLY Trier movie I've hated. Its genre is basicly horror. And it has the most unjustified, exaggrated graphical scenes you can ever find. The story, although it starts in an interesting way, slowly strays from the drama direction to horror just for horror's sake. Suddenly you find yourself watching a very cheap movie with an unrealistic and empty screenplay.
It's a movie I'm sure he also doesn't praise when talking about his works as he has given so many masterpieces to cinema. It's like his try to write something, anything, to recover from his depression he was in while writing the screenplay.