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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…
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…
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…
/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…
A devastating, yet beautiful movie about the destruction of beauty, and loss of innocence. Björk shines in the lead role, and the musical numbers are great, especially the "I've seen it all"-number.
Recommended and shit.
The usually dependable Lars churns out a dark musical with Bjork on lead vocals. And yes it really is as bad as it sounds. I'm not keen on musicals but this stoops to new levels. The best I can say is that Bjork is 'cute' throughout but not always in a good way, and the tap dancing fellow is almost amusing. Probably best avoided to all but the most devoted musical fans.
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A movie that perfectly personifiys love, injustice, and will I REPEAT WILL make you cry. I really need a hug right now.
It doesn't take long to realize that this is a dark trip that will not have a happy ending. Björk was incredible as a mother losing her sight and doing everything to get an operation for her son. The darkness that was creeping in was only broken by her fantasies that included several musical and dancing numbers. Reality intruded on her plans in the form of David Morse ("John Adams" "House"), a cop whose personal problems caused her to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son. Catherine Deneuve as her BFF, and Peter Stormare (Fargo, Chocolat) added to the thrill, as did a brief appearance by Joel Grey. An outstanding drama/fantasy that was an excellent surprise.
I usually do not like musicals but since this is basically a Bjork album-musical I actually really enjoy the songs here. They are so powerful and sad. "New World", "I've Seen It All" and "107 Steps" are the highlights for me. Bjork was great as an actor too. Why hasn't she been in more things?
The most dedicated mother since Stella Dallas.
Dancer in the Dark and its impossibly enchanting leading lady stole my heart, then broke it into pieces.
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