Dancer in the Dark

2000 • 140 minutes
4.9
19 reviews
69%
Tomatometer
R
Rating
Eligible
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Director Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves) delivers a provocative mix of drama and musical theater in this acclaimed movie that won 2000 Cannes Film Festival Best Picture and Best Actress honors (for lead actress Björk). Rural factory worker Selma (Björk) is a single mother losing her eyesight from a hereditary disease. To protect her 10-year-old son from the same fate, Selma saves money to get him an operation. At night, Selma escapes into a world where “nothing dreadful ever happens,” rehearsing a production of The Sound of Music with her best friend (Catherine Deneuve). But when a neighbor (David Morse) betrays her trust, Selma’s life unravels – and the lines between reality and fantasy blur. Peter Stormare and Joel Grey also star in this trailblazing concoction that will make you cry at the same time it makes your heart sing.
4.9
19 reviews
Jeff Margolis
November 24, 2018
I love this movie because it gives me the feels. As absurdly depressing as it is unique and beautiful. Bjork is kind of awesome too.
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Wesley Hazelton
March 8, 2021
Bjork, David Morse and Peter Stromare turn in stellar performances. It's a tear jerker on par with "Aberdeen." Don't sleep on this one.
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Jayson Duclos-Charest
September 15, 2021
My favourite heart-wrenching movie if that's ever possible to say or as unusual and strange as it may sound. The challenge of being a different person with so much love to give is real.
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