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The Boss of It All (2006)

Cast: Jens Albinus, Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler, more...
Director: Lars von Trier, Lars von Trier
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Studio: Ifc
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Black Comedy, Scandinavia
Running Time: 98 min.
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Lars von Trier's black comedy The Boss of It All (Direktøren for Det Hele) concerns an IT company owner who -- in need of a figurehead to "hide behind" when confronted with employee problems -- invented the personage of a CEO during the startup period for his corporation. The scheme worked for a surprisingly long period, but when the time arrives to sell the business, massive problems arise -- for the prospective buyers insist on only negotiating with the CEO, in person. Thus, the owner further extends the ruse, by hiring a down-and-out actor to impersonate the chief officer. With Direktøren for Det Hele, von Trier uses a new means of filmmaking for this film: Automavision, whereby filming is done with an "automatic randomized camera" that selects the shots. It became a means for Von Trier to "clean up" his approach to directorial work and reconnect with his own love of filmmaking. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Patriarchy, with bells on by MKaliher May 25, 2008 - 11:59 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
OK. I admit I didn't get it the first two rounds, and dismissed it as some weird Nordic confection. But, as I was sitting at work one day, still trying to comprehend what the hell this film was about, it finally hit me: our abusive, patriarchal fantasy of the godhead.

Them Danes are sly. They send us a complex film--disguised as a comedy--containing a whole litany of descriptions of patriarchal fascism, and expect us to understand it? Hell, we're Americans! All we know is everlasting war, pickup trucks, and excessive consumer spending. How are we supposed figure out what the hell they're talking about?

But, toward the end of this film--on my third viewing--even I, Bubba Podunk, finally got it: we'll accept any disgrace, any holocaust, any affront to humanity, as long as we believe it is the will of The Boss of The Boss of It All. And we'll love him for abusing us. Is this a dysfunctional relationship, or what?

And by the way, Iben Hjejle is even better looking as a full-grown woman than she was as an ingénue.

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(Average 7.27)
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