In bad company
THE BOSS OF IT ALL Directed by Lars von Trier. Starring Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Iben Hjejle, Jean-Marc Barr
15 cert After his tedious, irritating Dogville and Manderlay, von Trier lightens up and gets back to basics with a serious comedy. The Boss of It All is set in a Copenhagen company, where the boss (Gantzler) manipulates his hard-working staff, pretending to report to a non-existent US owner. Planning to sell his company to an Icelandic businessman, he hires an actor (Albinus) to pose as the owner.
Von Trier is the off-screen narrator, self-consciously drawing attention to the artifice of filmmaking. He employs a new camera process, Automavision, whereby the camera chooses the shots, which results in shots that don’t match in terms of lighting, and heads get cut out of the frame.
Going directly to DVD here, the film is an amusing diversion that recalls Frank Capra’s 1930s morality tales and shares many preoccupations with The Office, being almost as cringe-inducing in the embarrassments it sets up.