review for Mifune on AllMovie

Mifune (1999)
by Jonathan Crow review

The third installment in the much talked-about Dogma 95 movement, Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's Mifune is a wry look at class snobbery and material ambition. Though not as artistically adventurous or starkly satirical as the first two official Dogma works (Thomas Vinterberg's The Celebration (1998) and Lars von Trier's The Idiots (1999)), Mifune keeps its vow of cinematic chastity according to the Dogma 95 manifesto: shooting with a hand-held camera, with natural lighting and no musical score. The result is a film that seems to crackle with spontaneous energy. All three principal actors give sterling performances. Jesper Asholt is stunning as Rud, the protagonist's mentally challenged younger brother, while Iben Hjejle as Lida, the prostitute running from her past, received Special Mention at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival. Mifune is a rich, intelligent work that provokes and satisfies.