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The Boss of It All

99 minutes 2006

In this screwball office comedy (2006), Dogma 95 founder Lars von Trier has abandoned handheld cameras for a new process, Automavision, where computerized cameras are programmed to introduce random changes during shots. Scenes are thus punctuated by as many jump cuts as punch lines—a technique that amplifies the sly humor. Jens Albinus plays a neurotic actor hired by a corporate lawyer (Peter Gantzler) to impersonate the head of a Danish IT firm in order to speed the company's lucrative sale to a hostile Icelandic executive (Fridrik Thor Fridrikkson). Bereft of a script, the actor can only intuit his “character's” history and motivation, and stumbles into one explosive situation after another while frantically improvising a way to rescue the eccentric workers he realizes are being swindled. WIth Iben Hjejle. In Danish and Icelandic with subtitles.

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