Dancer in the Dark
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Reportedly the third in acclaimed director Lars von Trier's "Golden Hearts" trilogy (preceded by Breaking the Waves and The Idiots), this film is a hip reworking of the classic Hollywood Musical, starring international pop diva Bjork. Set somewhere in rural Washington state, Czech immigrant Selma (Bjork) works in a pressing plant, struggling to make ends meet for herself and her 10-year-old son, Gene (Vladica Kostic). Her best friend is coworker and fellow European Kathy (Catherine Deneuve). While outside work, she is maintaining a cautious friendship with local yokel Jeff (Peter… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At least Dancer in the Dark is bad in a complicated way."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Denmark's enfant terrible Lars von Trier finally won the Camme Palme d'Or for this postmodern deconstructive musical featuring a stunning performance by Bjork."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It is not pleasing to watch, by any conceivable definition of that word."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Von Trier is vicious when it comes to milking the melodrama."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The situations that writer-director Lars von Trier serves up here might be embarrassingly florid, but the coupling of his manipulative skills and Björk's showy intensity results in a movie with the force of an emotional bulldozer."
‑ Peter Matthews, Sight and Sound
"Aims right for the heart and aces its target."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Habitually galling director Lars von Trier's musical is a black-swan genre rarity - a 1960s-set sledgehammer to Broadway and Hollywood's insistence on sunshiny endings in golden-era musicals about Nazis, murder and suicide."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Even without the musical numbers, von Trier has given us a compelling story with original characters."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Though flawed, Dancer in the Dark is a worthy addition to the filmography of Mr. von Trier."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"The turgid soap opera of a plot reveals little of the human truths [it] presumably wants to uncover."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"It smashes down the walls of habit that surround so many movies. It returns to the wellsprings. It is a bold, reckless gesture."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Everything about Bjork and Dancer in the Dark is enigmatic in an uncomfortable dissecting way that shows beauty in the crudest way, and crudeness in the complexity of advanced social mores."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"I was devastated by it. What bothers me is this: It is the easiest thing in the world to do... move people by destroying something beautiful."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The songs are all written and performed flawlessly by Bjork. And not only can the pixie goddess sing and dance, she can also act."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
"...a calculated attack on conventional sentimentality and Hollywood illusion; the kind of movie that means to frustrate your expectations rather than affirm your assumptions."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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