Video Review: The Idiots
- By: Andrew Papanikitas
Lars von Trier is the enigmatic director who previously created The Kingdom (parts 1 and 2), a ghost story cum soap opera set in a bleak Scandinavian hospital. His latest offering, now out to rent, is in a slightly different vein. It still pokes fun at last century's ideas of health and disease, but rather than satirise the ER genre, The Idiots focuses on the blurring of the boundaries between mental illness and lifestyle. The plot is simple but ingenious: a group of young adults dissatisfied with everyday life decide to act as though they were mentally disabled, each taking it in turn to be the “minder.” This is filmed rather like a docu-soap.
Entertainment value is limited to serve a higher artistic goal, which makes this film different from crass or overly sentimental films such as Dumb and Dumber or Forrest Gump. Then, of course, there's the comparison with