What's interesting about LVT's film is that, through its progression, its own internal contradictions come to the surface, creating more questions than answers for the viewer upon its conclusion. This 'commune' merely wants to live carefree, away from those who shun such a mentality. But for what reason? As a rebellion against contemporary society? Or as a way to deal with their own internal pain? And when the two intersect, what is made of those who cannot adapt, and must "return to reality"?
Whatever "truth" is being searched for here does not exist, and attempting to search for a truth in a medium built on lies and manipulation is futile. Perhaps that's intentional, but that does not make this overly-edited mess any more enjoyable. It buries any positive aspects beneath annoying characters, terrible camerawork, constant editing, and gratuitous sex. Dogme 95 is a joke, and not a very funny one at that.
I felt irritated by the cinematography and the unnecessary vulgarity as a dogmafilm. Okay, that is what it is, but as a film without a plot that cought me, it went on my nerves in stead of inspiring my view or spicing it up. Having said that, it certainly is an important and - I admit - deservedly popular film, exploring limitations and based on an exciting idea. But that's Trier in a nutshell, right? This one wasn't my kinda film, and I won't succumb to Trier-ass-licking in spite of my faculty!
von Trier pushes buttons and for the most part succeeds in balancing provocativeness, insight and black humour. The dogme style helps the film in a lot of places, though at times the amateurishness of the filmmaking seems forced and undermines the naturalistic style. I kind of feel bad for enjoying it as much as I did, but that uneasy feeling is part of the charm.
What is in many respects the most difficult film in the Golden Heart Trilogy. The Idiots is a slow building tragedy that may be the most collectively shared nightmare of Von Trier's work. The dissolution of the spaz commune builds in ways that are uniquely tragic in a classic Von Trier fashion.