After many years as a circus artiste Ben Falk takes a position as teacher. Optimistic and enthusiastic about his new beginning and, with twenty years of experience as a children's entertainer, he feels that he is perfectly equipped for the job. It's quite a blow for him when he finds himself confronted with the total chaos of life at school. Suddenly he notices an elephant in the classroom. Aided by the elephant's wise tips, Ben manages to slowly gain the trust of his pupils.
With his first Dogma-95 film director Lars von Trier opens up a completely new film platform. With a mix of home-video and documentary styles the film tells the story of a group of young people who have decided to get to know their “inner-idiots” and thus not only facing and breaking their outer appearance but also their inner.
Simon is a nine-year-old autistic boy who has cracked the government's new "unbreakable" code. This skill renders the new billion-dollar secret code vulnerable, especially if enemies of the United States should learn of Simon's abilities and capture him.
Bobby Boucher is a water boy for a struggling college football team. The coach discovers Boucher's hidden rage makes him a tackling machine whose bone-crushing power might vault his team into the playoffs.
When news of John Smith's death reaches America, Pocahontas is devastated. She sets off to London with John Rolfe, to meet with the King of England on a diplomatic mission: to create peace and respect between the two great lands.