Lars von Trier

Persona Non Grata: Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac

By Michael Sicinski [Note: This review contains SPOILERS.] A few technical notes as we begin to talk about Lars von Trier’s latest film: 1) For the purposes of this discussion, I will refer to Nymphomaniac as a single work, rather than treating its two-volume release as an integral part of its construction. 2) I will…
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TIFF Countdown -8: Monsieur Lazhar / Melancholia / Michael

Cinema Scope 48 Preview: Monsieur Lazhar (Philippe Falardeau, Canada) By Jason Anderson Few lives go untouched by some form of trauma or catastrophe, yet compassion is often the last thing we spare for the people who cross our paths, especially when there’s no obvious indication they might need anything from us. This point was elegantly…
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Cannes 2011 | Melancholia (Lars von Trier, Denmark)

By Richard Porton “The purpose of provocations is to get people to think,” declared Lars von Trier in Stig Björkman’s documentary Tranceformer—A Portrait of Lars von Trier (1997). By those standards, the provocation von Trier masterminded at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, which, in reference to the concomitant Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair that monopolized the television…
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