Dogville is a brilliantly written and brilliantly acted film. It's a shame about visual direction though. It's purposefully underwhelming visual style becomes tiresome very quickly and adds up to be more of a distraction than if the film was shot on an actual location. There is no real reason for it, I guess to hide any beauty of the nature of America, but that could have been easily accomplished without the soundstage. It bogs down the proceedings and makes far more of a slog than it needed to be. However the acting is still very strong in creating the various broken individuals who's even worse nature only reveals itself all the more over time. The relationships are well drawn and I think its portrait of a communal decay is rather fascinating. Again greatness is skirted by the indulgence of its visual style.