Directed by: Lars von Trier
Starring: Björk (Selma), Catherine Deneuve (Kathy), David Morse (Bill), Peter Stormare (Jeff), Cara Seymour (Linda), Udo Kier (Doctor)
Language: English (English Subtitles)
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.