# HETEROTOPIAS IN CINEMA /// Dogville from Lars von Trier

Dogville, a film from Danish director Lars von Trier (2003), is somewhere in between nowhere (utopia) and elsewhere (heterotopia). The representation language is limited to its very minimal aspect: nil for the outside world, lines on the floor for walls, specificity of the houses symbolized by a unique element. This space is just like any other spaces in cinema, it exists outside the reality since it is representing this same reality. The heterotopia, here is thus questioning the relationship maintained between the subject and the representation in a comparable way that Magritte’s painting Ceci n’est pas une pipe (This, is not a pipe). The aesthetic of the movie is therefore created by this minimal representation and provokes (at least for me) a strong feeling of claustrophobia.





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