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The Element of Crime (Forbrydelsens element) (1984)

The Element of Crime
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(98 ratings)
6.8 IMDB rating

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Esmond Knight Esmond Knight
Osborne
Me Me Lai Me Me Lai
Kim
Jerold Wells Jerold Wells
Kramer
Ahmed El Shenawi Ahmed El Shenawi
Therapist
Astrid Henning-Jensen Astrid Henning-Jensen
House Keeper
János Herskó János Herskó
Coroner
Stig Larsson Stig Larsson
Coroner's Assistant


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William Quarshie William Quarshie


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A good movie

9 months, 1 week ago at Aug 28 7:59
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Since this movie was Lars von Trier’s directing debut, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, as usual with this director, it wasn’t really an easy watch but, at least, there was some kind of a plot. Still, the plot was obviously hardly the biggest concern of von Trier who delivered one of the most surrealist thrillers I have ever seen. Back then, the Danish master had a very specific visual... read more
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An inspector is called to find the killer of several little girls who sell Lotto tickets, using his former mentor's method of taking the killer's point of view. After meeting a mysterious woman and using a potential new victim as bait, the vicious killer is shockingly exposed. Lars von Trier's first English-language film is a stylish, eerie mood piece that confirms his place at the forefront of modern filmmakers.
Release date: 14 May 1984
UPC: 037429149423
Tags: Thriller (6), Crime (5), Denmark (5), 1984 (4), 1980s (2), Neo Noir (2), Experimental (2), Hypnosis (2), Drama (2), Personality Change (1), Mass Ave Video (1), Waste (1), Child Murder (1), Cairo Egypt (1), Europa Trilogy (1), Return (1), Sort (1), Serial Child Killer (1), Kafka Esque (1), Sepia (1)
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" Cast : Lars von Trier What was it about? A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor. My two cents: Well, as usual with this director, it wasn’t really an easy watch but, at least, there was some kind of a plot. Still, the plot was obviously hardly the biggest concern of von Trier who delivered one of the most surrealist thrillers I have ever seen. Back then, the Danish master had a very specifi"


kathy voted for a review of The Element of Crime 9 months, 1 week ago

“Since this movie was Lars von Trier’s directing debut, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, as usual with this director, it wasn’t really an e”

johanlefourbe posted a review 9 months, 1 week ago

A good movie

“Since this movie was Lars von Trier’s directing debut, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, as usual with this director, it wasn’t really an easy watch but, at least, there was some kind of a plot. Still, the plot was obviously hardly the biggest concern of von Trier who delivered one of the most surrealist thrillers I have ever seen. Back then, the Danish master had a very specific visual style consisting of combining black with one single colour (in this case, yellow) which increased the already surreal aspect of this movie. Still, to be be honest, some scenes were slightly too dark for me and I did struggle sometimes to see what the hell was going on. However, in my opinion, the weakest thing from Lars von Trier’s work has always been his lack of ability to provide some really” read more

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