All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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
where is björk's oscar?
One of three films I've thus far in my life seen that I could seriously consider my favorite of all time. I could say more but that more or less sums it up.
Saw this in the theater when it was released and it was so emotionally draining, I never wanted to see it again...giving it another go
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Okay... this was a crazy movie; I don't know whether to hate it or love it. I loved that it had a deeper meaning, and I think Lars Von Trier did an amazing job making this movie. In the beginning I kind of thought it was was annoying when she started daydreaming as if she were in a musical, but gradually as the movie progressed I thought of it as kind of a relief or break from the madness that was happening in the movie. One could tell that the movie was getting darker and less lighthearted as the movie was getting closer to the end. I was very frustrated with Selma after things went down with her and Bill,…
Dancer in the Dark started in a manner that had me blind as to how the story would go. I found the beginning to be boring though now looking back I see that it had a purpose. As the movie progressed I became more and more agitated and frustrated. I wanted to grab her and shower her reality and how to survive in America. I felt the main character embodied innocence. The rest of the characters were pretty much all out to get the innocent one. The end of the movie brought closure, and I am ever so grateful for that, however, would I ever voluntarily watch this movie again? NO. I recommend it to someone with patience and an open heart.
I'm adding half a star because, ugly turn-of-the-century digital photography aside, it's flawless. That means I've now given five stars to 21 films, and it's weird that five of them are musicals because I don't rate any other musicals anywhere near that highly.
If anyone knows of a better movie performance than Björk's in this film then please tell me. She is utterly incredible.
Such a heartbreaking, sad, sad film. Lars von Trier is a genius and a cunt.
Björk is magnificent in a very demanding performance, acting and singing in this grim and devastating musical tragedy that can be really difficult for some people to watch, but no one can deny that it is incredibly thought-provoking and emotionally compelling.
Beautifully made, extrodinarily depressing.
enjoyed it more this time through. crazy. but at least no genital mutation this time. liked prison time best. that is when Bjork is better actress. after ' breaking the waves ' and ' dogville. ' ever notice lars leading female characters have crazy/stupid/innocent minds?
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…