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Dancer in the Dark


Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare View All


Lars von Trier (Director), Lars von Trier (Writer) View All

Release: May 17th, 2000
Runtime: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma learns to cope through her love of musicals, escaping life's troubles - even if just for a moment - by dreaming up little numbers to the rhythmic beats of her surroundings.
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18 Dancer in the Dark
anyone else enjoy this movie? i almost gave up during the beginning.. but wow, i am very pleased i did not. i found the movie very creative, unique, and emotionally wrenching because there were time...
5 Dancer In The Dark
I heard a lot about this movie in the news, reviews etc. and everyone seems to think it's a great movie. I personally haven't seen it, just wanted to ask you if any of you had seen it, and if it was r...
30 Bjork in Dancer in the Dark
Why the hell wasn't Bjork nominated for best actress? And WHY did Julia Roberts win? Burstyn was waaaaaaay better. I think it's just cuz she was nominated a million times and never won...>:[...

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The film and in particular the main character, the east European Selma (magnificently played by Bjork), uses music as an escape from the real world and the real tragedy that's going on in her life.
The film starts with dark and brooding music and flower-like images, which finally lift into a spritely music and a brightly lit, almost childishly scrawled, image.
Selma is sweetness personified with an ability to escape the harshness of the world by going into her own mind and turning life into the musicals that she loves so much.