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Dogville (2003)



Critic Consensus: A challenging piece of experimental filmmaking.

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The beautiful fugitive, Grace, arrives in the isolated township of Dogville on the run from a team of gangsters. With some encouragement from Tom, the self-appointed town spokesman, the little community agrees to hide her and in return, Grace agrees to work for them. However, when a search sets in, the people of Dogville demand a better deal in exchange for the risk of harboring poor Grace and she learns the hard way that in this town, goodness is relative. But Grace has a secret and it is a dangerous one--so Dogville may regret it ever began to bare its sharpened teeth.

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Paul Bettany
as Tom Edison Jr.
James Caan
as The Big Man
Chloë Sevigny
as Liz Henson
Lauren Bacall
as Ma Ginger
Ben Gazzara
as Jack McKay
Jeremy Davies
as Bill Henson
John Hurt
as Narrator
Blair Brown
as Mrs. Henson
Philip Baker Hall
as Tom Edison Sr.
Cleo King
as Olivia
William Raymond
as Mr. Henson
Udo Kier
as The Man in the Coat
Jean-Marc Barr
as The Man With the Big Hat
Anna Brobeck
as Olympia
Cynthia Almeida
as body double
Max Angervall
as body double
Robert Arlinder
as body double
Eva Ermenz
as body double
Elisabeth Falk
as body double
Atle Fägersten
as body double
Gunnar Johansson
as body double
Sonny Johnson
as body double
Susan Ketola
as body double
Sara Klingvall
as body double
Cecilia Lindquist
as body double
Åke Ljung
as body double
Alexandra Mehrstam
as body double
Sune Myrfalk
as body double
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Critic Reviews for Dogville

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (47)

Kidman has never lacked the courage to perform in innovative productions on stage and screen, such as The Blue Room and Eyes Wide Shut. In this film, which is a bit of both, she acquits herself gamely.

January 9, 2018 | Full Review…

For its exuberance and its difference, its fine performances and its devastating finale, Dogville is essential viewing.

January 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Ambitious, intriguing but fatally self-important ...

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

For all of "Dogville's" strengths -- its powerful performances, the ingenious staging, how quickly and completely the audience accepts its stylized reality -- its take-home message is, ultimately, measly.

September 26, 2005 | Full Review…

There's nothing static about [Von Trier's] technique, but everything else about the movie is dreary and closed off.

August 7, 2004

What Lars von Trier has achieved is avant-gardism for idiots.

August 1, 2004

Audience Reviews for Dogville

Lars von Trier is a genius who wrote in only 12 days (and on a drug binge, according to him) the screenplay for this modern classic masterpiece - a glorious Christian allegory of human nature and power stripped down to a most basic - almost universal - form of storytelling.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


The tiny township of Dogville (population 20) reluctantly takes in a woman fleeing from gangsters, but their generosity turns into abuse as they gradually maker her into their slave. It's de Sade's "Justine" played out on the set of "Our Town." Masterful but misanthropic.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

[img][/img] Dogville's depiction of detatchment, the worthlessness of the human promise, mistrust and animalistic selfishness is incredibly moving. Nicole Kidman gives a breathtaking performance as a troubled, overly sympathetic daughter of a gangster, who ends up in the hands of a seemingly morally functioning town, where eventually she gets horribly abused and mistreated by the residents. The visually alienating design featuring no environment, or in fact sets, detatches you from the story in a way which sometimes can be quite irritating. I think the film may have worked better if it was filmed traditionally with all these traits. Lars Von Trier's choice to film it this way may have been self aware and intentional, but I didn't really think it's deliberate emptiness was working. Despite that, there is so much else to admire and love about Dogville. The script is brilliantly written, the old fashioned plot is unpredictable, and it's bizzare surrealism and unrestricted brutality is shockingly awe inspiring. As a piece of experimental film making, Lars Von Trier has crafted a masterpiece. It's got a painfully silent and relatively relaxed tone to it, which uses little to no sound effects or score whatsoever. Yet remarkably it remains dramatically engaging and involving the whole way through. All the way up to the incredibly satisfying finale. Despite all that, I don't think it's Lars' best film, but in comparison to a lot of today's art house and Hollywood features it's orientation is to be massive in terms of ambition and originality. It most certainly suceeds in that, and that is just one of the many great achievements of this marvellous independently spirited film.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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