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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…
Director: Lars Von Trier (Final Film)
Dancer in the Dark is undoubtedly a very predictable affair. Almost hilariously, embarrassingly obvious with every stroke simply because this is Von Trier. However, I don't think it's detrimental on an overall level because he manipulates not only the story to get exactly as he wants it to go so to draw out as depressing a story as he possible can imagine but he manipulates the very fabric of every aspect to such a fine, elaborate detail that it stops becoming another Von Trier film about punishing us for no reason but a truly emotive monster of a film.
Obviously Von Trier is manipulating us as well, and I think it's natural…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Dancer in the Dark was a very emotional and captivating movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the acting and singing of Björk. The story was rich and was definitely made good use of dramatic irony, every time Selma was about to mess something up or was not telling the truth about the money and that whole situation, I just wanted for someone to slap her and help her out. Every character would be easily loved and just as easily hated. I loved every bit from the beginning to the sudden hanging.
My Favorite Singer + One of My Favorite Directors = Pure Gold.
The worst kind of art film, glibly exploiting its own character's innocence and naivety just to cynically make the audience squirm for a torturous two and a half hours. Utterly manipulative, contrived and insincere dreck.
My first Lars Von Trier film! And what an experience it was. So from what I understand this movie was part of a movement Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg started in 1995 namedDogme 95, or The Dogme Aesthetic. The whole point of the movement was to focus on avant-garde film-making and steer as far away from the Hollywood formula as possible. So this would entail experimental types of camera work, editing, transitions, continuity, endings, etc.
So how does this movie hold up from that movement? Pretty solid I would say! A few things I had to warm up to (like the way it was shot. It was purposely made to look homemade and very personal with a large amount…
This movie's very different. The first musical scene kind of felt out of left field, but as the movie went on those scenes grew on me, and I ended up really liking the music. Same with the way the movie was shot; it annoyed me in the beginning, but I got used to it eventually. I think a lot of stuff from the last third could've easily been avoided, but oh well. Overall I'm surprised that I actually enjoyed this movie.
The film Dancer in the Dark is exactly what it seems like: DARK. One of my favorite aspects of this movie was the darkness. Movies should make you feel something deep, and Dancer in the Dark had achieved that brilliantly. I also really liked how things within the plot unfolded. The plot is a simple character study, but the things that happened were insane. Additionally, I enjoyed how I could really feel for Bjork’s character. It was tear jerking to see what she had to go through. I feel like this movie is like a rollercoaster ride with just one neverending drop. Things keep getting more and more sad and upsetting, and I love that.
The film had many things…
It's not hard to see where von Trier is going with "Dancer in the Dark". In a genre that's based on fantasy by nature, von Trier is ripping all of that out to create a piece that's as tragic as it is raw, but that is also beautiful in its own way.
Filmed with a low-quality digital, "Dancer in the Dark" is the complete anthitesis of how musicals are supposed to be. Ugly and set in a world lacking any color or life, this is a movie where everything seems to be going backwards. "Nothing bad happens in musicals" Selma says in one scene.
We all see movies as a valve for escaping our reality. Yes, after 2 hours,we're thrown…
Wow... just wow. This is the most depressing movie I have ever seen. If I were to give every other movie that I have seen a number representing how dark it gets at its height and add those numbers together, this one movie would have a higher number. This is not a movie but a tortures and horrific experience. This will change you as a person and serves as a horrifying example of what can happen when everything goes wrong at once. Few things if there are even any at all can be more depressing than when the innocent are wrongfully punished.
Dancer in the Dark is a movie that will leave you speechless. It will stay with you somewhere in your mind for days. It's a very dark film and when you think things can't get worse for the main character Selma, Lars von Trier just kicks her down further.
I honestly don't really know where to start with this review. I guess I'll just start with Bjok is surprisingly a really good actress. Before I saw this movie I thought she was just some weird pop singer with a weird swan dress but now I know she is more than just a swan dress. I really liked this movie. It's so dark and sad and the creepy Jeff and I…
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