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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…
Day #3 in my It's a Large World After All Challenge (AKA 30 Days, 30 Countries). Country: Denmark.
"But isn't it annoying when they do the last song in the films?"
"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."
Lars Von Trier has this power over me, this ability to bring me to emotional places I do not want to go to. About halfway through his films I realize there…
Unlike the usual, but unlike the usual but done well. Björk is stunning and the story in general mantains its interest.
In addition, I had the impression that the film hasn't been about an universal dilemma, but a very personal one, just the opposite. The most admirable about this is that it has been treated so strangely and personal (there is nothing more personal like Von Trier, hahah) that I could be under Selma's skin.
I've been a good recipe for the ingredients of this movie and its mixture, so it worked for me, but the direction is sooo easy to hate. Be careful. Be open.
Part 23 of my 12 Directors x 2 Unseen Films thingamajig.
It would be easy to label a film like Dancer in the Dark as emotionally manipulative. And honestly, I don't blame anyone who does so. I can't deny that the story is constructed so that it tugs at the heartstrings as much as it can. However, the way Lars von Trier uses this tragic backdrop to turn it into a love letter to music not only atones for its manipulations, but makes it a film that I would happily name as one of my favorites. I understand that the "gimmick" won't work for everyone, and I don't blame anyone who isn't won over by it. But I don't think anyone could say it didn't try something different, or that it was dispassionate.
Yes, I will give 'Dancer In The Dark' a 5. Yes, I should take 5's more seriously on my Letterboxd account. This will stay a 5 because I don't believe I can bring myself to emotionally ever watch this absolutely amazing, devastating, film again. This is my loss, for sure, but its memory will always remain.
I don't give a damn if you say is emotionally manipulative, Björk is perfect and so are the songs.
Somewhere balancing on the edge of being the most deep and powerful film ever, and sometimes feeling kind of silly.
But mostly, watching Bjork is worth the whole experience.
If you ever wanna experience suffering while watching a film, please call Lars von Trier. He can make the most depressing films, like Dancer In The Dark. As usual with von Trier, it takes time to build up and actually start, about 1 hour, but when it does, it's a road to experiencing emotion at the highest level, so powerfully depressing, and yet beautiful and human... Björk is amazing and the musical numbers are neccesary, as they give an special aura of mixed beauty and optimism to the film that makes it even more powerfull. And the ending... That ending... Wow... wow. Just remember: "This isn't the last song".
I know it goes against popular belief... But I found this movie over-dramatic to the point of emotional manipulation. The attempt to revive the musical genre is respectful though
- Björk gives one of the best performances I've ever seen in any film and it's amazing she didn't win the Academy Award or at least score a nomination. I can think of two scenes specifically that almost brought me to tears and left me devastated.
- Beautiful songs that although aren't very...traditional....are still very memorable and I was singing them long afterwards.
- Lars Von Trier creates a happy and hopeful atmosphere that quickly spirals into an absolutely heartbreaking nightmare
- Selma is an incredibly interesting character that is developed in a very organic way.
- The juxtaposition of the musical numbers with the actual scenes of plot flow nicely
- Very well written screenplay with one of…
A tragedy built out of the most conventionally celebratory, gleeful of movie genres: the musical. DANCER IN THE DARK is a unique feat: shot in a jarring digital style, starring the ethereal Björk, who also wrote the songs for it, and seeming only to continuously stack the plight of the protagonist as it goes on. It's a harrowing story about a Czech woman struggling to hold on as her life falls apart in her hands: it's like an exaggerated parable on the terrors of the immigrant experience. The film excels at being completely heartbreaking. Even the more absurdly awful occurrences resonate, with the worst moments triggering choreographed montages.
Björk isn't exactly an actress, and yet her work here is ideal.…
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