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Ghost Canyon

'The Boss Of It All'
(Jean-Marc Barr, Sofie Gråbøl, et al / DVD / NR / (2006) 2007 / IFC Films)

Overview: 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 taking. 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.

DVD Verdict: 'The Boss of It All' not only Lars Von Trier’s gentlest film, but a coolly funny one to boot. Gone are the Brechtian devices of late: the chalk lines, harsh lighting and withering stares of Lauren Bacall. Instead, as the director says himself in an intro voiceover, we get “a comedy, harmless as such,” with the camera gliding over the facade of a white corporate structure. Once inside, we meet Kristoffer (The Idiots’ Albinus), a pretentious out-of-work actor hired by shy company founder Ravn (Gantzler) to play CEO and close a deal. Complications ensue, and Kristoffer must stay on, bluffing his way through tech briefings, cubicle flings and the rude arrival of his knowing ex-wife (Grabol), an attorney for the other company.

Truthfully, these scenes are slightly beneath such a furious intellect; if Von Trier wants to play Office, he should at least shoot for one of the more dazzling episodes. But he’s definitely loosening up and rediscovering actors. So we’re pulling for you, Lars. You’re only one film away from a bright new career as a human being. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

2 Mockumentaries
2 Featurettes
Automavision: The New Dogma

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