In the Copenhagen suburbs, timid Karen has a chance encounter with a group of drop-outs engaged in an experiment where they pretend to have learning difficulties. Initially shocked, Karen is compelled to join in, finding cathartic release in the group’s breaking of social barriers.
A controversy stormed, the Dogme 95 movement took center stage, an angry critic got kicked out of the Cannes screening, and when the dust settled, Lars von Trier was left with a triumph. Both graphic and shockingly comical, The Idiots is recognized today as one of the provocateur’s very best.
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