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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,…
The first time I had seen this I had difficulty with the musical aspects of it! I had no idea they were coming and when they did they totally took me out of the film and it just didn't feel very Lars Von Trier-esque!
Thankfully I revisited the film and was able to appreciate everything on its own terms, yes even the musical aspects had their place in the film! I appreciated Bjork for a performance that was absolutely riveting! Her ability to portray the very essence of innocence onscreen with such a genuineness to it makes it noteworthy!
Recommended by Byron O'Hare via "Movie Request Hotline" Thanks Byron for getting me to revisit a film I had some difficulty with in the past! Sometimes all you need is a 2nd look or attitude adjustment ;-)
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…
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…
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…
"Because you just know when it goes really big... and the camera goes like out of the roof... and you just know it's going to end. I hate that. I would leave just after the next to last song... and the film would just go on forever."
O controverso cineasta dinamarquês Lars von Trier, pinta um retrato cru e profundamente doloroso de ser visualizado, sobre uma jovem mãe imigrada nos Estados Unidos, que busca pelo sonho americano e luta pelo seu objetivo de salvar o seu filho.
Dancer in the Dark até certo ponto pode ser um filme que persiste alguma esperança perante a sua protagonista, até ao momento que a polêmica fama do realizador de Dogville começa a chamar…
The saddest film I've ever seen, bar none.
Complete originality in writing and style.
All together perfect performances.
Still getting a strong creep vibe from dear ol' Lars.
"You can take quite sexist film directors like Woody Allen or Stanley Kubrick and still they are the one that provide the soul to their movies. In Lars von Trier’s case it is not so and he knows it. He needs a female to provide his work soul. And he envies them and hates them for it. So he has to destroy them during the filming. And hide the evidence." - Björk
Well, yes, that was depressing.
Dancer in the Dark - 1/4
You know how people criticize Capra films for being sickly sentimental? Dancer in the Dark is not only sickly in it's detestable sadism, but it's completely dumb-headed too.
Nothing in this film is quite believable. Bill's motivations make no fucking sense, and completely took me out of the moment. He steals money from Selma, then when she goes to get it back he makes her kill him for it, this...doesn't work at all. From the "he just wanted to die angle", once he is shot for the first time, why would he still cling to his betrayal of Selma, insisting that his wife goes to the station to make sure she is held responsible?…
björk is honestly so cute she is what i listen to when I'm sad and like a+ casting because she looks talks and is like a little kid everything about her is just adorable and innocent you feel terrible if anything even slightly bad happens to her or if anyone is even remotely mean to her. therefore, this movie was rough i didn't cry like i would've loved to but throughout the whole movie i was in a constant state of damn it why is any of this happening to poor, sweet björk an angel with some shitty vision. it really reminds me of lilya 4-ever because like these beautiful girls who can do nothing wrong, why them. fuck me lars von trier you finally made me feel something
Pretty boring - and Bjork, while a fine actor, is pretty annoying
A boxset of four of Lars von Trier’s films, titled ‘Shock & Awe,’ collects some of his most recent works – Nymphomaniac (2013), Melancholia (2011) and Antichrist (2009) – along with his earlier Breaking the Waves (1996). The title, accompanied by a cover image of the director with his mouth taped shut, appropriately summarises the latest period of von Trier’s career, the last decade or so that has been most notable for the provocativeness of his subject matter and the inflammatory incidents in which the provocateur himself has been involved. Prior to all of the nymphomania, talking foxes, genital mutilation and ill-advised remarks about Nazism, however, von Trier experimented with a genre usually known for its wholesomeness – the musical – adding his own characteristically morbid flourishes.
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I vaguely recall Lars von Trier once saying something about how Breaking the Waves would be unbearably sickly were it shot in a glossier style rather than the more Dogme 95-esque style it actually had. I couldn't help but be reminded of that quote while watching Dancer in the Dark, but in this particular case, the combination of lo-fi camera work with a massively Oscar-baity story seems less like an attempt at avoiding Hollywood kitsch than an ironic commentary (or attack) on it, right down to the overbearing sledgehammer approach it takes to toying with the audience's emotions (that courtroom scene has to be a parody, c'mon).
A lot of film fans, likely including von Trier himself, seem to have…
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