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Dogville has a horrifying denouement, but the movie saves its catharsis for the end credits—a devastating juxtaposition of pop music and photographic evidence. It's a nasty joke, but David Bowie's "Young Americans" is so stirring—and who could laugh at these images of naked distress? The town's hitherto unseen dog turns real at the end and so does von Trier's America.

Best in show: Kidman (center)
photo: Rolf Konow
Best in show: Kidman (center)

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Dogville
Written and directed by Lars von Trier
Lions Gate
Opens March 26

See also:
Von Trier's Dogville: The Year's Most Polarizing Film
By J. Hoberman, Michael Atkinson, Dennis Lim, and Jessica Winter

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