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Amazing but disturbing movie
written by Krishna72 December 19, 2006 - 10:34 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Dogville had a fairly strong impact on me. It is very disturbing though, leaving a dark feeling in us long after the movie is over. I found the lack of a real setting for this movie rather beautiful and dream-like.

Suspend you disbelief
written by Transpirations April 12, 2005 - 11:26 AM PDT
13 out of 17 members found this review helpful
It's long. There's no set. The voice over is annoying. It seems really pretentious in the beginning. And it's really fucking sad.

Pretty much the only reason I kept watching was because of the cast. I kept seeing all my favorite actors pop up, one after the other, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Davies, Philip Baker Hall, and Chloe Sevigny all in one movie? I thought there had to be some reason they all elected to be in it.

And I liked this movie. Allthough at times it seemed pretentious, and though it looked as though it was going to be one of those everything-bad-happens-to-the -true-pure-soul-and -it-never-ends -and-there-is -no-sunlight-ever -and-everything-is -horrible-forever -and-ever type of things, I felt it righted itself in the end. It was one of the most well crafted allegories i've ever seen. It was incredibly moving, and above all, to me at least, held a great deal of truth.

Put this Dog to sleep
written by REVDRG March 27, 2005 - 10:22 AM PST
4 out of 14 members found this review helpful
Crap. Its everything you already hate about "Our Town."

More pain.
written by dojothemouse January 27, 2005 - 4:48 PM PST
2 out of 13 members found this review helpful
If you are thin-skinned towards misogyny, misanthropy, or pretension, do not watch this movie.

If you are kindof in the mood for misogyny, misanthropy, and pretension, then give it a shot. Maybe you'll think it's artistic or something. All of my betters loved it. Go figure.

If you ignore my warning, watch the movie, and are still interested in it, make sure to read Lars' "Production Notes". Reading that and other interview material has completely destroyed my opinion of Lars von Trier as a person, whatever my opinion of his movies. As David Gurevich writes (spoilers), "beware directors who spend five pages explaining what they have not been able to explain in a three-hour-long film".

Dogma, Dogville? yup, it's another dog from Lars
written by talltale October 2, 2004 - 1:46 PM PDT
6 out of 17 members found this review helpful
DOGVILLE is an improvement over Lars von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark," so you may be able to sit through it. With interesting moments and generally-OK performances, it is unlike its predecessor--in which half the movie seemed fake--by being completely fake. Using a non-set and other "legitimate theatre" conventions to complement his illegitimate, pseudo-cynical view of people and the world at large, the director makes his movies long and cumbersome when lithe and short might prove his obvious points more readily. When this writer/director's films are heralded as "spiritual," it makes really wonder what people mean by that overused word. Misogynistic? OK. Repetitive? Of course. But spiritual? If you grow bone-tired well before the close but want to finish the film on principle, just remember what bathroom breaks, edibles and the pause button are for.


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