dir. Lars von Trier
world premiere 2003
U.S. release 2004


Because von Trier's splicing of Brechtian Verfremdung and Greenaway vengeance-by-numbers yields a more productive set of prompts and constraints than Dogme ever gave him. And because you get three parables at once: of Grace, the ruthless victim; of Tom, the evacuated philosopher; and of that plummy narrator, the giggling overseer and the mordant, jubilant scold.