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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…
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…
I was at a party not so long ago and they were playing Bjork because my friends have a great musical taste. someone turns it off and the person who gives the best hugs, a guy named Mike, yells out, "Who's fucking with my Bjork"
Me: Lars Von Trier.
My fifth favorite film of all time.
"Dancer In The Dark" is an emotionally devastating effort from one of my favorite directors: Lars Von Trier, and in my opinion, it's his best effort.
With a LUMINOUS performance from musician Bjork (as well as the rest of the cast), as well as hyper-stylized musical numbers (not to mention Björks brilliant soundtrack), and a fascinating style of filming, "Dancer In The Dark" is a breathtaking piece of cinema.
My god. I hated Dogville, but this... This.
Σας έχει συμβεί ποτέ να νιώθετε τόσο πνιγμένοι που να μη βγαίνει ούτε ένας στεναγμός ούτε ένα δάκρυ; Πάγωσα. Αυτό συνέβη.
This movie shouldn't work, but it does. One of the strangest movies ever, because it's not necessarily a movie you'd recommend to musical watchers, and although you could certainly recommend it to those looking for a heavy drama, it's going to take the entire movie before they understand what it is and, hopefully, how it works. The moments of levity that the musical bits create are a pretty damn interesting experiment. This movie lost a bit of it's hardhittingness on the second watch, due to already knowing what was going to happen, but it's fucking awesome and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for, well, anything. It's unlike anything you've ever seen before, that's for sure.
Nota = 9
Von Trier's big middle finger to the American musical. It trends more towards a horror film than anything else, mostly because of Von Trier's relentless cruelty. Bjork turns in an unforgettable performance. The alternation between Dogme-styled narration with polished, bright musical numbers really accentuates the mood swings effectively.
shits and pisses all over the musical movie
"In a musical, nothing dreadful ever happens."
Unless it's written and directed by Lars Von Trier, of course.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).