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Dancer in the Dark (2000)

Denmark 140m, Colour
Director: Lars von Trier; Cast: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Joel Grey

dancer-in-the-darkSet 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).

5 comments on “Dancer in the Dark (2000)

  1. SJHoneywell
    02/24/2013

    The “I’ve Seen it All” number is one of the best musical numbers I’ve seen in any film. I’d hardly be accused of being a Bjork fan, but I found a lot to like with this one. I love how it plays with the conventions of the musical and follows along with them and breaks them.

    • Klaus
      02/24/2013

      I really like her music and voice and was blown away at her performance. I’d seen this on video not long after it came out and had remembered the quirky music and the bleakness of the plot – both of which lived up to my memory.

  2. Anthony Lee Collins
    02/24/2013

    Amazing film. For some reason, all I remember is Bjork. I look at the cast list and I don’t even remember those people were in the picture. But I remember her.

    Did you ever see Dogville or Manderlay?

    • Klaus
      02/25/2013

      @ Anthony – Yes, she’s pretty memorable in this. I haven’t seen the other films you mentioned – yet 🙂

  3. Anthony Lee Collins
    03/02/2013

    Dogville and Manderlay are well worth seeing without being “enjoyable” in any way. 🙂

    See Dogville first. It comes first (they are two thirds of a trilogy), and it’s a bit better (partly because Bryce Dallas Howard is good, but she’s no Nicole Kidman).

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