in about 100 words or less
Denmark 140m, Colour
Director: Lars von Trier; Cast: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Joel Grey
Set in the mid 1960s in Washington State, Dancer in the Dark is a heartbreaking story of a mother’s love for her son and the price she must pay for his future well-being. As Selma Ježková, a Czech immigrant, Björk provides a mesmerizing performance as a musical-loving awkward woman who works in a metal fabrication factory, hoping to save enough money to provide an operation to correct her young son’s inherited condition that has caused her blindness. Featuring a number of unconventional musical numbers, Dancer in the Dark is at times oddly cheerful, despite the bleakness of the circumstances which surround Selma’s life (Klaus Ming February 2013).