Lars von Trier only makes films that are brilliant (Melancholia) or shit (Antichrist, Nymphomanic). Happily, Dogville falls into the former camp.

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The lives of the town folk of Dogville are changed forever when they decide to take in a beautiful woman on the run from the mob. The protagonist in question is played by Nicole Kidman in what is easily the best performance I have seen from her.
Written and directed by Lars Von Trier with an unusual visual flair not normally present in mainstream cinema – The town of Dogville is presented as if it were in a play. The houses are marked out on the floor as an aerial view with no walls so you can see what everyone in the town is doing at the same time. I found this a bit distracting at first but it soon becomes enthralling and makes for an impressive spectacle.

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Paul Bettany and Nicole Kidman are both excellent with Kidman every inch a tragic heroine whilst also bringing her out emotion and vulnerability to a classic screen prototype.
Even at just under three hours, Dogville never feels like a slog, particularly as it is broken down into nine segments and has narration throughout. If you are looking for something a bit different to get lost in, then the vastly underrated Dogville is the film you are looking for.