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Dancer in the Dark
You don't need eyes to see.
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.
And thus, the chorus repeats.
Again, Lars von Trier uses an homage/satire of conventional Hollywood genres to close another thematic trilogy - film noir with Europa, and musicals here in Dancer in the Dark. Using a genre setting allows for a more inviting film, a chance to simplify the focus - the striking visual sensibilities of Europa and audial banquet of Dancer in the Dark. Although, even though the genre may be familiar, von Trier is able to spin them just a bit off-center, without having to waste time setting up the conceit or the conceptual adjustment period to more radically unique films like The Element of Crime and The Idiots. Both here and in Europa, he presents something known,…
This is by far the saddest movie I have ever seen. I could not stop crying for the entire last hour of the film. Dancer in the Dark is such a horrible film, and I hate Lars for making a movie so fucking manipulative. I would call this film overly emotional and that it exists solely to get a response from the audience, however it feels authentic. I enjoyed that Lars was taking me on this emotional journey, and although I don't agree with Lars' pessimistic ideology, I still appreciate how depressing this film is.
What I really like about this film is that it is really hard to watch. Not just in its subject matter, Lars makes the film…
I get it. I finally know what the hell Lars is doing.
Okay. So firstly, this so-called conclusion to the "Golden Heart Trilogy" is basically the standard by which all polarizing films should be measured. It's just that divisive. I felt my star rating dropping from five to zero and back again, more times than I could count. Of course by this point the star rating is unnecessary and silly, and it's obvious that we have a winner. Lars von Trier insisted that a film should be like "a stone in your shoe", and he is a man of his word. Any film that finds its way past your mind's proverbial shoe and pokes directly into your unprotected subconscious deserves…
Dancer In The Dark is a difficult film to watch. We witness the story of a Czech mother struggling to get by in America, clinging onto her job and hoping to provide a future for her son. Life is hard for young Selma as we see her saving each cent she can find for a much more noble cause, sacrificing herself in the process. A bleeding heart story for sure fully exploited by Lars Von Trier and his motion sick camera.
There are two problems that are hard to overcome in the first third of the film. One being the sharp editing that keep us within the scene but jumps a couple of seconds ahead…
Here’s something new: a contemporary musical that I liked! Not so surprising perhaps, since I’m quite fan of Björk’s oeuvre and boy does she nail her role here, damn. I’ve said it once and I will say it again: Lars von Tier is one of those rare directors who succeeds to make films I utterly hate, but also films that I absolutely adore, the latter referring mainly to Dogville. In much of the same way as that film, Dancer in the Dark also revolves around a plot that completely drains the viewer. Selma Jezkova - the woman portrayed by Björk - suffers such tremendous injustice that it is emotionally impossible for someone to be left cold by it, especially with…
this is the worst movie ive ever seen
I felt like my soul was violated after watching this film.
I may disagree with his world view, but I can't help but love his movies. Dancer in the Dark is probably one of Von Trier's most optimistic films on a whole, which by his standards really means I'm just feeling dangerously nihilistic, and not suicidal.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What I logged as a "review" for this didn't do anywhere NEAR justice for such an incredible film. Pitiful.
A una mujer le va todo absolutamente mal durante dos horas, lo que pasa al final te sorprenderá.
I already bought Selma songs a few weeks before I saw Dancer in The Dark in 2000. I've been a fan of Bjork since the late 80's as a tween. I cried on the street the first time I heard her first solo album "DEBUT" .. It was and has remained my life philosophy ever since. EMBRACE AND EXPLORE THE FUTURE / NEVER FORGET YOUR INNER CHILD. I've seen her concerts and bumped into her in person. She is MUSIC. SHE is GENIUS. SHE is a CUTIE PIE!!! Having said that I had just moved back to NYC 2000. I went to see D.I.T.D. with my sis and mom. They agreed to indulge my celebrity crush at a snooty art…
As much as I love the opening of Melancholia and the ending of Dogville, the first musical number in this film is the greatest thing Lars von Trier has ever done. After an auspicious opening 30 minutes that quickly and effectively lays the groundwork for the tragedy that will follow, this musical number comes along and shatters all expectations. Catherine Deneuve says she can only dance if she hears music and then, the background sounds around her lock into rhythms, and Bjork launches into song. It's breathtaking. I wonder what it would be like if you watched this movie without knowing that it was a musical.
Getting me to cry in a film has always been a chore. While a select few films have been able to do it when I saw them at the right time, it's always hard to get me to that emotional state. I'm not exactly rigid, in fact I would say I'm quite sensitive, I'm just not the type to display emotion like that.
In the case of Dancer in the Dark, though, I kind of like it. Ever since I saw this film approximately 12 hours ago, there has been a sob right at my throat, not coming but shakily threatening to escape. Who knows, I could be sitting in class later and just break down in tears? Nevertheless, it's…
Sin poner el lenguaje erótico que tanto utiliza Lars Von Trier en sus películas, aquí nos trae una historia tan hermosa y desgarradora, un musical profundo con sonidos e imágenes que impactan y encantan.
La actuación es impecable, Björk se luce, brilla con todo su esplendor, la dirección es sorprendente porque es algo que Lars Von Trier nunca había hecho (un musical) y termina con conmover profundamente al público.
Aquí concluye la trilogía del 'Corazón de Oro' , creada por Lars Von Trier y es mi favorita de las tres.
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