Dancer in the Dark


An intellectually challenged woman suffers from a disease which is making her go blind. Her young son will have the same fate, unless he has an operation to correct the problem. She has been working and saving hard to get the money for the operation. With her eyesight failing fast, she loses her job, and then her landlord, with money problems of his own, steals her savings. Desperate for her son's vision, she tries to get it back, but things go badly wrong... landing her in jail.


134 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Violence) .
Drama, Musical, On the Art Circuit
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I'll kill you if you don't kill me!

Credits

Cast
Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare
Director
Lars von Trier
ScreenplayLars von Trier
MusicBjörk
CinematographyRobby Müller
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2000
Produced byA consortium of about 30 companies

Official Site




Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Movies for Africa
Ian Douglas
5
Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
10
Cape Argus
Adrian Monteath
5
The Cape Times
Christopher Rodrigues
15
The Star
Diane de Beer
14
Die Burger
Francois Smith
10
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
Rapport
Barrie Hough
18
SAfm Screen & Co
Alan Swerdlow
8
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson
10
Box Office
Lael Loewenstein
10
Rough Cut
Andy Klein
18
Total Film
Dan Jolin
20
Film Review
James Cameron-Wilson
20

What the People say

Internet
2508 Netizens
17

Average .. 63%

13

Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Anthony Richard 16

Average .. 80%

16

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: This film has divided critics and audiences all over. I am one of those who did not like it, while others praise it as high art. The hand-held camera use was excessive, making me want to scream to keep the damn thing still. The musical interludes add nothing to the plot and merely irritated, especially when Bjork sang in her five-year-old girlie voice. The motivation for the lead character to get herself into such a mess -- and stay there -- made no sense, and I got to thinking that maybe the gene pool would be better off without such a stupid person in it.

Anthony Richard (40): It is a story about how a legal system may fail a person most in need of insight.






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