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The Boss of It All (2006)

Direktøren for det hele (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 8 December 2006 (Denmark)
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An IT company hires an actor to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander.

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Lars von Trier

Writer:

Lars von Trier
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Cast overview:
Jens Albinus ... Direktøren for det hele / Kristoffer / Svend E
Peter Gantzler ... Ravn
Friðrik Þór Friðriksson ... Finnur (as Fridrik Thor Fridriksson)
Benedikt Erlingsson ... Tolk
Iben Hjejle ... Lise
Henrik Prip Henrik Prip ... Nalle
Mia Lyhne Mia Lyhne ... Heidi A.
Casper Christensen ... Gorm
Louise Mieritz ... Mette
Jean-Marc Barr ... Spencer
Sofie Gråbøl ... Kisser
Anders Hove ... Jokumsen
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The owner of an IT firm wants to sell up. The trouble is that when he started his firm he invented a nonexistent company president to hide behind when unpopular steps needed taking. When potential purchasers insist on negotiating with the "Boss" face to face the owner has to take on a failed actor to play the part. The actor suddenly discovers he is a pawn in a game that goes on to sorely test his (lack of) moral fibre. Written by Trust Film Sales

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This movie is shot with camera technique called Automavision, an innovation in which the camera angles and movements are selected by a computer. The media notes explain technique, "a principle for shooting film developed with the intention of limiting human influence by inviting chance in from the cold". There are odd framings and jump cuts within scenes making everything seem a bit unsettled. See more »

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the subtle pleasure of bad filming technique
23 January 2007 | by zordySee all my reviews

If we consider this film only for the script, it is just (that's a lot) a brilliant comedy often trespassing into farce. What makes it different is the Von Trier branding, made of evident cuts (one every 3 or 4 seconds), bad framing, continuity mistakes too evident to be real mistakes. Lars underlines in a voice-off this camera mismanagement, but to me it was quite annoying after a while. The second thing that makes the otherwise mainstream comedy based on a clever and very funny idea is the fact that it is oh so Danish. These northerners are very strange and funny to me: I mean, we are used of the American, British or (for me) Italian or French and now also Spanish ways of making us laugh, but those sad and pale faces dimly lit by the Nordic sun are so funny and different and crazy. Also the jokes between the Danish people and a raging Icelander citing sagas and verbally abusing the Danish who "kept Iceland under their heel for 4 centuries" are very exotic but perfectly enjoyable. The impression is sometimes to be watching a madhouse, but it's a different experience I would recommend.


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Denmark | Sweden | France | Italy | Germany | Iceland

Language:

Danish | Icelandic | English | Russian

Release Date:

8 December 2006 (Denmark) See more »

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Budget:

EUR3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,855, 27 May 2007

Gross USA:

$51,548

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,111,395
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