The Boss of It All

The Boss of It All

Danish theatrical release poster
Directed by Lars von Trier
Produced by
  • Meta Louise Foldager
  • Vibeke Windeløv
  • Signe Jensen
Written by Lars von Trier
Music by Mikkel Maltha[1]
Edited by Molly Malene Stensgaard
Distributed by Nordisk Film Biografdistribution
Release dates
  • 21 September 2006 (2006-09-21) (CIFF)
  • 8 December 2006 (2006-12-08)
Running time
99 minutes[5]
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • Danish
  • English
  • Icelandic
  • Russian
Budget 3 million[6]
($4 million)
Box office $3,111,395[7]

The Boss of It All (Danish: Direktøren for det hele) is a 2006 Danish comedy film written and directed by Lars von Trier.[8]


The owner of an IT company wishes to sell it. But, for years, he has pretended that the real boss lives in America and communicates with the staff only by e-mail. That way, all the unpopular decisions can be attributed to the absentee manager, while all the popular ones to him directly. But now, the prospective buyer insists on meeting the big boss in person. In a panic, the owner hires a failed, over-intellectualizing actor to portray this imaginary boss, and the actor proceeds to improvise all his lines, to the consternation of both the buyer and the company staff, who finally get to meet their ghostly boss.



The Boss of It All opened in Denmark on 8 December 2006 and earned 1,147,632 kr. The film opened in the United States on 23 May 2007 and earned $51,548. Worldwide, the film grossed $3,111,395.[7]

Critical reception

The film received generally positive reviews. It holds a 74% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 65 reviews.[9] On Metacritic, the film has a 71/100 rating based on 17 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]


The film was nominated for two Bodil Awards, three Robert Festival Honours and the Golden Shell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.


On February 23, 2011, it was announced that Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz was remaking The Boss of It All for Universal Pictures with Brian Grazer producing.[11]


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  2. "The Boss of It All — Danish Film Database". Danish Film Database.
  3. "Claus Rosenløv Jensen — Danish Film Database". Danish Film Database.
  4. "Henrik Lyngbo — Danish Film Database". Danish Film Database.
  5. "THE BOSS OF IT ALL (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  6. "The Boss of It All (2006) - Box office / business". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  7. 1 2 "Boss of It All (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. 20 July 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  8. Hjort, Mette; Jorholt, Eva; Redvall, Eva Novrup (2010). The Danish Directors 2: Dialogues on the New Danish Fiction Cinema. Intellect Books. p. 295. ISBN 978-1-84150-271-7. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  9. "The Boss of It All". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  10. "The Boss of It All". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  11. "'Arrested' creator remaking von Trier film". Digital Spy. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
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