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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…
Disclaimer: Dancer in the Dark, a film that takes it's title from one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs (see below) is one of three movies (see below) that has left me a complete emotional wreck. I'm gonna try to articulate what this movie is like and part of why people should see it, despite the fact that watching it will definitely be a very unpleasant experience. Unlike the art house snob played by Jason Schwartzman in Parks and Recreation (see below), a sad movie does not necessarily make a good movie in my book and I would much prefer my movies be uplifting and life-affirming. However, every now and then a movie comes around that is such an emotional…
One of von Trier's less mischievous films - and all the better for it. Bjork is fantastic: fresh, innocent, charming, and a bit nutty. The more intimate 1:1 scenes she shares with Deneuve, Stormare and Morse (separately) are by far more engaging than the larger song and dance numbers. However the train scene is beautifully played. Bjork's blindness is very selective and inconsistent, but a minor quibble in an otherwise sensibly portrayed work.
Could have used more dancing human-sized cats in suits
So much may be said about this film, yet so little can actually be conjured up. I'm almost speechless. Nevertheless:
Oddly, my favorite part of the film may be the overture, possibly because a film with such epic intimacy - a redundant expression in most cases, because intimacy, when done well, should feel grand and consuming - deserves such an immense, artistic, visually stunning sequence as an opener. It serves as a counter to the rest of the film, which, as a result of being shot in Dogme 95 style, doesn't contain the melodrama and gravitas the story deserves. (It has its own effect, however, which I'll discuss soon.) It also reminds me of the Hollywood musicals that inspire it…
Lars von Trier's experimental subversion of The Hollywood Musical is about as polarizing as any film you will ever see.
A few things can't be denied:
Robby Müller'e use of multiple cameras is fascinating
Björk gives an unsettling performance
Unlike any other film you've seen
An intentionally provocative and deeply tragic film
I think it is brilliant. But one could easily argue the other direction.
Fun to watch just to see Lars Von Trier stretch himself. Most depressing movie I have ever seen.
I think what I dislike the most about Lars von Trier is how openly evasive to criticism he is. I've never seen criticism of his films (or his "art" as he may insist) that hasn't been deflected or misrepresented. The problem is always apparently with the critic, who merely didn't understand or appreciate the deeper nuances of his work.
Dancer in the Dark is a case study in this. It is a widely polarising film, but I've always seen the negative reaction described as people who cannot deal with the apparent "realism" or grit or tragedy of the piece. The fact that the film is unwaveringly negative - an endless, unpleasant stream of increasingly bad things happening to the protagonist,…
Painful and beautiful at the same time with an heartbreaking scene. I can't see that movie twice.
Painful and beautiful at the same time with an heartbreaking final scene.
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).