YMMV: Lars von Trier

  • Love It or Hate It: Lars von Trier is in the running for the divisive filmmaker in the history of cinema. You either think he's a brilliant artist who singlehandedly reinvented Cinema, or you think he's a bitter, pretentious, misanthrope that lives to make audiences as miserable as his characters.
    • To drive this point home, The Movie Show's Margaret Pomeranz gave Dancer in the Dark 5 stars out of 5, while her partner, David Stratton, gave it zero stars. That was the only time that'd happened in the history of the show. Lars is a very polarizing character.
  • Magnum Opus: Generally agreed upon to be Breaking the Waves. At the very least, it's one of his only works that has actually achieved a degree of Critical Consensus.
    • Some may cite Dancer in the Dark or even Nymphomaniac as this as well.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The amount of things that von Trier has said in the past would probably fill a page and half but notable examples have included telling Peter Jackson that he would have made a better The Lord of the Rings adaptation and saying he understood Adolf Hitler while at the Cannes Film Festival (Nazism is a touchy subject in France) which led to a lifetime ban from the festival. Then again, he's pretty infamous for saying things like this, so he's probably just trolling.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Lars didn't invent this game, but he now owns it the way Tiger Woods owns golf.