Dancer in the Dark (2000)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 43

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Directed by: Lars von Trier
Starring: Björk (Selma), Catherine Deneuve (Kathy), David Morse (Bill), Peter Stormare (Jeff), Cara Seymour (Linda), Udo Kier (Doctor)
Country: Denmark
Language: English (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 02:20:12
Genres: Family, Misery-Depressing

Plot – Spoilers:
Selma, a Czechoslovakian immigrant in ’60s America, lives with her son in a rented trailer and works a menial job at a factory. Diminutive, child-like and prone to flights of musical fantasy, Selma is liked and understood by people around her, mostly for her firm honesty.

But Selma has her secrets and lies, apart from a weird British accent she often breaks into. She’s losing her sight – a genetic condition she’s certain her son Gene is afflicted with too. And so her singular ambition is to save up for his eye operation when he hits thirteen.

Guilt is the overriding theme here and in some ways, Selma is driven to the choices she makes in the end, by a desperation for atonement – for having had Gene despite knowing he was likely to have the same degenerative condition.

Favorite scene is probably the end. Not because it was finally done, but for the abruptness with which a song can end.

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TKrapMusic
TKrapMusic
April 19, 2020 1:33 am

Hands down one of the best disturbingly sad films I’ve ever seen and 20 years later it still gives me chills. Even the lead actress Bjork (A Singer) spoke on how emotionally draining it was to perform or act in this film and for that reason may never do it again . Lars Von Trier is a genius and he may have more noteworthy films but to me this storyline intertwined through a musical from start to finish is an absolute masterpiece.

rolan refugio ramirez
rolan refugio ramirez
April 19, 2020 8:00 pm

thank you very much

T
T
April 20, 2020 7:33 am

Most depressing movie I have ever seen. Just thinking of the ending makes me tear up instantly. Thank you for your wonderful uploads and stay safe in this horrible time

HoneyBadger
HoneyBadger
April 21, 2020 5:47 am

Thank you for this upload. What an amazing movie.. I’m still in tears

Antinatalpist
Antinatalpist
Reply to  HoneyBadger
May 21, 2021 7:21 pm

Are you still in tears? Just checking in….

Dropdead20
Dropdead20
June 14, 2020 3:29 am

What an incredible film. This one will stick with you.

Pamela
Pamela
July 28, 2020 6:39 pm

Sad, depressing and very well acted. Thanks for uploading this one.

Pickles
Pickles
August 8, 2020 5:52 am

that was gorgeous. i sobbed throughout the entire ending.
they really made us fall hard for selma before ripping her away, huh?
thank you for posting this. the american justice system is fucked.

Chris Ramirez
Chris Ramirez
Reply to  Pickles
August 15, 2020 12:52 am

Very sad movie ending. “Cry me a river”. Great film with a touch of musical scenes. Thumbs up!

princessdestruction#8028
princessdestruction#8028
September 5, 2020 2:22 am

this movie wasn’t that effed up and i usually find musicals cheesy, but i loved Björk’s singing and this movie was surprisingly good

Pufferpunk
Pufferpunk
December 20, 2020 4:27 am

OMG, who knew you’d offer me up such a heartwrenching, musical here! I’m sobbing… it was utterly beautiful. Thank you so much for this site!

Vic
Vic
March 13, 2021 8:04 pm

Great film. Lars Van Trier’s best IMHO.

Antinatalpist
Antinatalpist
May 21, 2021 8:00 pm

Wow.. corny as hell

yeetmcgee
yeetmcgee
June 21, 2021 11:43 am

Couldn’t watch past 10 mins. Who cares lol

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