YMMV / Lars von Trier

  • Broken Base: Lars von Trier is a major candidate for the most divisive filmmaker in the history of cinema. Either you think he's a brilliant underrated genius who singlehandedly reinvented the very art of filmmaking or you think he's an arrogant pretentious hack who lives to make audiences as bitter and miserable as his films.
    • 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. To say that Lars is a polarizing figure is an understatement.
    • Melancholia is either a real heart-wrenching film enforcing the idea of Hobbes Was Right, or it makes the characters so unlikable you just want the damn planet to kill everyone. This is of course assuming you can get behind that premise.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Due to the extremely angsty tone of his work, most of Trier's films are prone to fall into this.
  • Never Live It Down: Hooo boy...how about the infamous "I understand Hitler" comment at the Cannes Film Festival.
    • All his films being the enforced Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy and Hobbes Was Right mentality.
    • His very cruel treatment of Björk in Dancer in the Dark, something Bjork fans have never let him forget (which is shocking since Bjork actually has stated that while she hated her time working with him, she has stated she knows Trier can be a good man).
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In addition to his reputation as a filmmaker, the amount of things that von Trier has said in the past certainly doesn't help. 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 lifetimenote  ban from the festival.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Lars didn't invent this game, but he now owns it the way Tiger Woods owns golf.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: His works actually, Lars has stated that they came from drug and alcohol abuse, and that he may have to stop since he is a recoverring addict.