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Dancer in the Dark (2000)

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

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1964 in small town Washington state. Selma Jezková, a Czechoslovakian immigrant, and her preteen son Gene live in a rented trailer owned by and on the property of married Bill and Linda Houston, he the town sheriff. Beyond Bill and Linda, Selma has a small group of friends who look out for her, including her primary confidante, Kathy, with who she works, and Jeff who wants to be her boyfriend. Jeff regularly waits outside Selma's workplace long before the end of her shift to drive her home, despite she always refusing in not wanting to lead him on. Her primary job is working on the Anderson Tool factory assembly line, but she does whatever she can to earn money. What only Kathy knows among Selma's friends is that she is slowly going blind, her medical condition being genetic. Selma is barely able to see, just enough to do her job. Her primary reason for moving to the US and for working all the time is to earn enough money for an operation for Gene when he turns thirteen, he who ... Written by Huggo

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In a world of shadows, she found the light of life. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Musical

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bailando en la oscuridad  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$63,858 (Norway) (8 September 2000)

Gross:

$4,157,491 (USA) (15 December 2000)
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The name of the Judge is A.D. Mantle, a reference to Anthony Dod Mantle. He was the director of photography of three Dogme 95 films (The Celebration (1998), Mifunes sidste sang (1999), and Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)). Director Lars von Trier was one of the founders of the Dogme 95 movement. See more »

Goofs

Surname of Selma's son should be a Jezek, not Jezková. See more »

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Oldrich Novy: I was once well known in Czechoslovakia, because of my profession.
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Referenced in Comme des voleurs (à l'est) (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Climb Every Mountain
Written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
Williamson Music
Performed by Björk & Vincent Paterson
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Standing up for those that HATE this film
8 August 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews



Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But with a movie like DANCER IN THE DARK, it's very easy to get the sense that those who didn't like it are simple-minded sour-pusses with artistic tunnel vision.

Plus, most people who hated it don't take the time to write a comment. Why waste another second of your life on this dreck?

I'd like to congratulate everyone who has the guts to trash this film. It is not entertaining. It is founded on characters who make ridiculous decisions to facilitate melodramatic story points. It plays to the weaknesses of every one of its participants.

Some of the comments can be paraphrased like this: "I like a film that causes such intense reactions, good and bad." If a film isn't good, why in the world would we indulge the amateur auteurs who created it? This means Lars Von Trier will be encouraged to make MORE horrible films!

Being forced to watch Bjork act is like being forced to listen to Anna Nicole Smith play the saxaphone. Why can't we let people who were trained to act do their job? Bjork vacillates between a caricature of her weird childish stage persona and a poster-child for OverActing 101 (especially the prison scenes).

Selma, as a character, is by turns stubborn, stupid, unreasonable and selfish. Not a very good candidate for a martyr. David Morse's Bill, the antagonist, goes from benevolent protector to psychopath on the thinnest of motivations. Peter Stormare practically drools to show how stupid he is when he is wooing Bjork. It's a condescending repulsive love story.

Part of me wants to not submit this comment, because in the end, the film isn't worth this much thought. But if everyone thought this way, the comments would be overwhelmingly positive. And I can't believe that that is representative of the audience reaction to this film.

Unless you have a high tolerance for arthouse highbrow crap, don't see this movie. It's a waste of your time.

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