Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Oct 2018)
Brief Synopsis – After a oil rig worker is injured in a work related accident and is never expected to walk again, he must find a way to keep his relationship with his new wife as strong as possible.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had heard about for years but never had the desire to watch since it supposedly deals with some very strange and peculiar subject matter.
After watching it, I now understand why this film is avoided by many.
The story moves along really slowly and is actually quite boring and tedious in the way that it is presented to us.
Like most Lars von Trier films, they start things off interestingly and then deviate too much when trying to delve into religious and philosophical aspects that raise more questions than those that are eventually answered.
The story itself throws some very far-fetched notions our way which aren’t fully explained or understood since the overall idea is to find a way to shock the audience with revelations.
Emma Watson was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her role here but I think that Stellen Skarsgard was robbed of at least a Best Supporting Actor nod for his portrayal of this very virile man who is paralyzed and wants to find a way to keep his love for his wife and her for him no matter the cost from the philosophical, emotional, religious and social perspectives.
The story just doesn’t work well enough to stay interesting throughout its nearly 3 hour runtime.
Bottom Line – Pretty boring story that like with most von Trier films, it starts off with an interesting idea before proceeding into the kind of philosophical and religious realm where there are many more questions than answers. The story throws a few very far-fetched notions at us which aren’t all completely understood since they try too hard to attempt to shock the audience more than ever. Watson was nominated for a Best Actress at the Oscars that year, but I think that Skarsgard was robbed of a Best Supporting Actor nod. They show that making someone else happy is essential even to someone suffering from a sort of paralysis no matter the morality of the issues they face be it from a religious or social perspective.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a 2005 interview by Swedish journalist Stina Dabrowski, Lars von Trier said the following about the film (translated from original danish): “I was determined to write a story that was so far-fetched and so full of clichés that no one could take it seriously, but of course the audience liked it. All you have to do is come up with something really stupid, and it will become a great success.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)
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