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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…
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…
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…
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…
Like all LVT films (with the exception of Antichrist, which I love), this is an intolerable film with a few spectacular moments sprinkled through it. Catherine Deneuve steals the show from under Bjork's feet, though the musical numbers are impressive enough to let Bjork's natural talent shine through.
On the whole though it's a rather tedious and numbing film.
Bad news, it's a musical. Good News, the music is actually pretty good.
The rest of the movie, however, is almost too devastatingly subtle.
There's one scene, though, in the middle that would make Tarantino squirm; as well as the ending, which was one of the most powerful scenes in recent memory. Say what you will about Von Trier, but the man knows how to make an impression.
Not a great film to watch at 9AM hopped up on coffee, but such is the life of a film student
Wow, the plot of this movie is much more than I had expected. Björk surprised me.
The most stunningly sad film I've ever seen. I can't remember the last time I cried at a fictional film. Certainly the casting of Bjork, one of my heroes, predisposed me to an immense emotional connection with the main character. This film is not emotionally complex: it is clearly designed to manipulate the audience into sympathy. But the combination of the genre, von Trier's direction, and Bjork made it work for me on all levels. I wept at the second to last song.
Intense and depressing. Surprisingly good acting by Björk - appeared a bit like the whole script was created just for her. Unfortunately a bit too much dancing for my taste...
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Do you want to be the unhappiest person in the world? If so - this film is for you!
Following the tale of an immigrant who works increasingly hard to raise enough money for her son's eye operation whilst she goes blind herself, this film doesn't really hold back on shovelling emotions down your throat at every possible opportunity. From the joy at her lack of interest in others opinions of her, to frustration at her sacrificing other people's existence by her selfishness to get every penny, to the eventual horror at her downfall, this film gets you at every stage.
Now I quite like my films to make me think and feel things I wouldn't otherwise do, but one…
"Because you just know when it goes really big... and the camera goes like out of the roof... and you just know it's going to end. I hate that. I would leave just after the next to last song... and the film would just go on forever."
O controverso cineasta dinamarquês Lars von Trier, pinta um retrato cru e profundamente doloroso de ser visualizado, sobre uma jovem mãe imigrada nos Estados Unidos, que busca pelo sonho americano e luta pelo seu objetivo de salvar o seu filho.
Dancer in the Dark até certo ponto pode ser um filme que persiste alguma esperança perante a sua protagonista, até ao momento que a polêmica fama do realizador de Dogville começa a chamar…
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