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Dancer In The Dark

Dancer In The Dark
  • 2000
  • Denmark/Sweden/Germany/France
  • 137 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lars von Trier
  • Written by: Lars von Trier
  • Cast: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Joel Grey

Having founded the Dogme school of back-to-basics filmmaking, von Trier's now turned his back on it with this digitally-shot homage to the Hollywood musical. Set in 60s America, it's the story of Czech immigrant Selma (played by Bjork, whose extraordinary performance takes naturalism to its extreme), a single mother whose only escape from her dreary factory work life are her daydreams which transport her into a Hollywood-style musical. As with 'Breaking The Waves', the drama revolves around a naïve young woman who becomes the victim of circumstance, and the ensuing protracted tragedy gives the film astonishing emotional clout.

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