A quiet little town not far from here.
ActorsStarring: Nicole Kidman, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Paul Bettany, Blair Brown, James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Jeremy Davies, Ben Gazzara, Philip Baker Hall, Thom Hoffman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Zeljko Ivanek, John Randolph Jones, Udo Kier, Cleo King, Miles Purinton, Bill Raymond, Chloë Sevigny, Shauna Shim, Stellan Skarsgård, Evelina Brinkemo, Anna Brobeck, Tilde Lindgren, Evelina Lundqvist, Helga Olofsson, John Hurt, Jan Coster, Ingvar Örner, Erich Silva
A movie stripped of everything but the cruelty and inebriated truth of Lars von Trier and the characters, who you get to know really well by the end of it’s 177 minutes run time.
By then all you can do is watch them helplessly from your seats as the protagonist exacts what she has to exact, almost reluctantly. Pay special, affectionate, attention to the metamorphosis scene in the Phantom Rolls-Royce with James Caan and Nicole Kidman.
Trier uses the camera as alcoholic catharsis, experimenting with each frame & how it affects the audience and himself.
And it works, much to this sinnerman’s surprise, delight and slight disdain.