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,…
/tv/ Film Club Week Three: Bjork
In a musical, nothing dreadful ever happens.
Dancer in the Dark is a film that I opened myself up to. Fully. I desperately wanted this to be the Von Trier film that would turn me on to his style, but I found that it actually closed itself off to me and shoved me further away when it comes to understanding the infamous director.
Dancer in the Dark was not a bad experience, but a rather underwhelming one considering the high praise I constantly hear about it. Admittedly I went in to the film carrying 3 (kind of) negative variables:
1. I hadn't warmed to Von Trier yet
2. I don't really…
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…
From what I've seen of the Lars von Trier filmography grotto, which is a measly four—now five—films, I don't care for him. His ideas and ideologies tend to allure and intrigue but his insistent pessimistic cherry on the melancholic sundae does nothing to satiate my bones. Here we are burrowed with Bigfoot Bjorksen in her western ocean of despair far from her native Czech roots desperately clawing her way from paycheck to paycheck to pay for an operation for her son. Of course, as the intro credits tout ''A Lars von Trier Joint'', the outcome genetically becomes inevitable and predictable—another grievance I hold with the director—in that all the pessimism and misery will merely be amplified into a crescendo of…
I didn't have any expectations for Dancer in the Dark nor did I really know what it was about, other than that it starred Bjork. The Icelandic singer intrigues me as she's produced some really choice tracks but some of her stuff is complete shit. Volta is my least favorite album of all time. Fuck, what a shitty album.
Dancer in the Dark is pretty simple in terms of storyline: a Czech immigrant, Selma, is trying to save money to pay for her son's vital eye operation as hers progressively deteriorates. We also have the privilege of seeing her daydreams as she dances around and sings her heart out, which is a nice touch as it makes way more sense…
"it's the last song. They don't know us, you see. It's only the last song if we let it be."
Lars Von Trier wrote and directed a genre blending experimental one of a kind film with Dancer in the Dark. A film that carries a heavy emotional subtext which few films do nowadays.
Dancer in the Dark is been describe as a musical, to be fair there is true in that, but to me feels more like a documentary, Lars Von Trier opting to use digital video instead of film, made me feel more like participant than an…
Mágica. No solo por hacer digerible 140 minutos de Björk (que oye, ya es), sino por ese contraste entre el drama de la historia mezclada con esas escenas musicales tan... pues eso, mágicas, que ayudan a aligerar un poco el drama y encajan perfetamente con un personaje tan peculiar como el que hace Björk. Estoy comentando esto meses después de haberla visto, así que no puedo comentar mucho detalle, pero mi recuerdo sigue siendo muy positivo y impactante. Esta, Rompiendo las olas y Dogville siguen siendo mis favoritas de Lars Von Trier ahora que las he visto todas.
Only a figure like Lars Von Trier could strip away all the idyllic qualities of a musical, replace the lead an antithetical (albeit musically prophetic) lead and still produce one of the most emotive and moving works in the genre.
Isn't this just the most depressing movie ever made? But, of course, the music rocks. It's a shame that after filming this Bjork said she will never act again, because she was really quite wonderful and natural. But I've never heard so much sniffling from an audience, nor have I ever seen so many people walk out of a movie. I will never be able to watch this movie again, but I'm glad I watched it once.
its certainly leaves an impact, but while there are things i liked about dancer in the dark, like the acting, as it went on i found it too manipulative. i don't have a problem with the plot being tragic, but i felt the story was forced to go that way, almost like picturing von trier just whispering, to himself, this has to be a depressing story, not sad but depressing.
the way is told can be forced at times, there are a few scenes where characters are talking to each other, some of this are very important to the plot, but it keeps jumping from one point of the conversation to another, like the rest is unimportant, and scenes that…
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Holy crap, I almost pissed my pants when Peter Stormare started singing.
It's official, Lars von Trier is one of the worst directors I've seen.
However, the ending was amazing, because the singing finally came to an end. Powerful scene.
I still love you Björk.
Deeply flawed, but the music's amazing, and the last scene is heavy as fuck.
This is a beautiful film.
That's not an adjective I use very often, less so to describe films. And, at first glance, one might wonder why I would apply it here. Certainly the grainy, naturalistic aesthetic very deliberately goes against the conventions of what is considered "beautiful" by traditional standards.
The beauty here lies in the vivid reality of the film's emotions. While being a devastatingly tragic story, it is nonetheless the warmest and most human film Lars Von Trier has made to date. Because he opens himself to raw sentimentality, completely free of cynicism.
Bjork is phenomenal. There is no other way to put it. The work she does transcends film acting and takes on the character of performance…
After seeing Melancholia and Antichrist, and after reading lots of stuff about Lars von Trier and his movies, I thought I understood what kind of director he is. When I started watching his filmography, I was expecting everything, really, because I know people who've seen a lot of his movies and they were always telling me that his films are good, but extremely tough to watch. Especially Dancer in the Dark, a friend of mine said. So when I started watching it, I found out I was unprepared.
Dancer in the Dark is a movie about Selma Jezkova (Björk), a Czech immigrant and factory worker from the ’60s, who is slowly going blind. She has a genetic disease that she…