William Stevenson
November 10, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Idiots

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
117 minutes
performer
Jens Albinus, Bodil Jorgenson, Lars von Trier
distributor
3 Emme Cinematografica
author
Lars von Trier
genre
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it a C

Handheld camera work, natural lighting, uncontrollable weeping — yes, it’s another film by Lars von Trier (director of the fiercely debated Dancer in the Dark). Daring but dull, The Idiots centers on a commune of friends who get their kicks from pretending to be retarded: They ”spaz” out in public and get in touch with their ”inner idiot.” After the group fools a factory manager, new recruit Karen (Jorgensen) says, ”I don’t think it was very funny.” Ditto. C

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