Dogville [2003]

Like nothing you’ve ever seen before (although you could say the same thing about any Lars Von Trier film). The mise-en-scène is fresh, original and challenging, but it ultimately doesn’t work well on the screen. More drama and character development (and less philosophical mumbo jumbo) would’ve worked wonders. Dogville raises a question: can a film be too experimental? If so, this would be the perfect example. The cast is a dream, though, particularly Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård and Željko Ivanek.

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