Dancer in the Dark (2000)
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  • This movie rocks my world everytime I warch it
  • Of course the multitudes of different techniques severely emphasize the plot, and the wielding overwhelming emotions

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      This movie rocks my world everytime I warch it. Rocks my world, meaning that it plays with my feelings so easily, this movie absorbs me completely. It’s about pure emotion and empathy, presented in the most heartfelt way ever: a mother’s love for her son. The story is set in the United States of the 70s, where an eastern european woman Selma, played fantastically by Björk, and her son try to make a living. Selma works in a miserable

      factory, and in secret she’s putting away every single cent she earns, for her sons operation. Selma is going blind, and so is her son, and this is how she’s trying to save him. Her fate is sealed already of course, but with an absolutely superhuman strength she faces everything and everyone. And with this mundane, everyday drama, the director, Lars Von Trier, manages to create one of his most enduring and tear-jerking movies ever. Of course the multitudes of different techniques severely emphasize the plot, and the wielding overwhelming emotions: the filming is done with mostly hand-held cameras, capable of capturing reality in it’s most unaltered form, very little editing, and superb acting. The movie pretty much can be split into two parts: you have the grey everyday life of Selma, and the colorful musicals she dreams of, when it goes really hard for her. We might even say that Dancer In The Dark is a musical ...

      • Dancer in the Dark (2000)
      in a way, because there are scenes which are specific to those kinds of movies, this is when everything becomes colorful, the actors dance and sing, and the music is superbly composed by Björk herself with some other artists collaborating. The lead song of the movie, I’ve Seen It All, was also nominated for an Oscar, with Björk performing it at the Kodak Theatre in her famous swan-dress.

      This movie is a tragedy in every sense of the world.

      And the director always reminds us of that, in every scene, even the colorful musical interludes only deepen the contrast. After making this movie Björk swore to never act again, because the lead role in Dancer In The Dark emptied her emotionally for a long time. She didn’t act, she lived the role of Selma, and this is why her performance is top-notch and flawless.

      An amazing piece of European cinema.

      With: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare Directed by: Lars von Trier Running time: 140 minutes




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