This may not sound like a very big deal, asking for honesty - but in truth we rarely want to hear the truth from others, and we all ask for it even less. But this was something that I had to do for my own sanity and for a slice of relief.
And the truth did come out...spilling forth like an avalanche running down a mountain. And suddenly there was clarity.
It was all right there in front of me the entire time, but I had missed all of the signals, I had ignored all of the signs and then the clouds just parted and....what I felt was a relief so grand that I actually wept. Wept not because the truth hurt me deeply, but wept because the truth did actually set me free.
This truth had the power to finally release me from my own inner turmoil and to forgive some very deep and dark hurts that I had been carrying for a very long time. It would seem that sometimes the people that we perceive to be lions are really just stray cats; and the wolves just lost puppies.
I'm looking forward to seeing things differently now that I have a new perspective on the truth about cats and dogs.
Release Date: 2003
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 138 mins
Lars Von Trier galvanizes his talent in this brilliant piece of film making set in 9 acts and entirely filmed on just one set. Dogville is unlike any movie that I have seen before and not just because the story is utterly compelling and the acting is incredibly superior, but because it is a unique exploration of the dark, the beautiful and the perverse all tossed into one tiny basket.
When beautiful Grace (Nicole Kidman) arrives in lonely Dogville on the run from the mob, a local named Tom (Paul Bettany) feels compelled to enlist the help of the town to assist with hiding Grace from her foes. But Dogville is a town set in its ways and things unfold in the most unexpected of ways.
The cast are literally acting their hearts out here, they have to, the sets are drawn on the ground in white paint. This is the absolute best that I have seen Nicole Kidman and she rarely does anything poorly. Lauren Bacall, James Caan, Patricia Clarkson and Phillip Baker Hall all make their mark here, and the entire story is narrated perfectly by John Hurt.
I was so impressed with this movie that I have debated on putting it into the Hall of Fame, it is utterly brilliant!
FINAL SAY: Dogs can be taught a great many things, but not if we forgive them every time they obey their own nature.
4.5 Chili Peppers