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The Boss of It All (Direktoren for det hele)
  Release Date: 05/23/07

Starring: Jens Albinus, Jean-Marc Barr, Casper Christensen, Benedikt Erlingsson, Friorik Por Frioriksson

Director: Lars von Trier

Rating: (NR)
  Running Time
  99 min
  IFC First Take
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Danish director Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark) tries his hand at humor with this lightweight corporate comedy, in which he gives the Dogme visual treatment to a story line that wouldn't seem out of place on an episode of The Office. The action focuses on an earnest actor hired by the director of a small business to impersonate the big boss, who heretofore has been a fictional, unseen presence used only as a scapegoat. Certain sequences drag miserably, but the genuinely hilarious moments sprinkled throughout keep things moving, while Von Trier's inability to resist playfully addressing the audience sharpens the sense that the film is his version of a cheeky inside joke.

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 to be taken. 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 fiber.