WATCH: Rare, Early Lars Von Trier Home Movie Discovered

Considering the first teaser trailer for Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac hit earlier this morning, I thought now was as good a time as any to post this rare Lars Von Trier home movie. It seems to center around an unnamed female protagonist who escapes the ennui of her middle class life by dressing like a pig and trying to suckle a brood of bulldogs. It’s an interesting glimpse into the mind of man who would later become an acclaimed filmmaker. In the woman having her pig costumes’ nipples chewed raw by horny bulldog puppies, you can spot glimpses of themes that Von Trier would later explore to greater effect in Antichrist. In the on-location shooting, use of natural lighting and sound, and hand-held camera work, one can already see a proto-Dogme 95 style, the tenets of which would be codified and legitimized only a few years later. Interestingly of all, you can see in the actress’s smile a joy, an innocence, a joie de vivre, that would be sorely lacking in some of Von Trier’s bleak later work. What was the cause of this shift?

Either that, or it’s just this video of a lady letting her dogs nurse at a pig costume that I found on the internet. I’m not really sure. I’ll have to get back to you. (This lady and the walrus guy should hook up).