Idiots and Friendships

[Notes on The Idiots by Lars von Trier, Denmark 1998]

It is my turn to go home and to see if I can be an idiot there.

I was trying to revisit cinematic moments of solidarity between women. Complicit exchange of glances between women. This is not an easy task. They way films usually construct ‘women’ – is as isolated individuals who are too busy in competing in ‘being looked at’ to become interested in looking at each other.

Tracing eye contact between women throughout film history requires detective work.

The first scene that came to my mind was the last sequence of The Idiots: The complicity between Karen and Susanne as an act of sabotage against the obscene family setting.


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