Lars von Trier embraces minimalism in this experimental film starring Nicole Kidman. All sets are on a sound stage. Their boundaries are made by chalk outlines. Their props are absolutely minimal. Kidman plays a woman on the run from a the mob. In a small Colorado town, she is reluctantly accepted, but she soon finds her acceptance is conditional. She holds a dangerous secret, and when the mob comes looking for her, anything can and does happen.
Grace first receives sanctuary from the town until a wanted poster is seen with her picture on it. She is then taken advantage of and turned into a glorified slave in order for her to keep her safety and cover. Even though the townspeople know of her innocence, they continue to harbor her and abuse her all the same. But Grace's connections lead to a deadly secret that will become someone's ultimate undoing.
Director Lars Von Trier ("Dogville") shocked attendees at Cannes and people around the world yesterday when he spoke the following words during a press conference: "I'm a Nazi." At the conference, which was for his new film "Melancholia," Von Trier was asked a question about his Germanic roots. This is how he answered: "For a long time I thought I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew, then I met Susanne Bier and I wasn’t so happy...no, that was a joke, sorry.