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Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Musical  |  6 October 2000 (USA)
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An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oldrich Novy
Linda Houston
Vladica Kostic ...
Gene Jezkova
Brenda (as Siobhan Fallon)
District Attorney
Reathel Bean ...
Mette Berggreen ...


Selma has emigrated with her son from Central Europe to America. The year is 1964. Selma works day and night to save her son from the same disease she suffers from, a disease that inevitably will make her blind. But Selma has the energy to live because of her secret! She loves musicals. When life feels tough she can pretend that she is in the wonderful world of musicals...just for a short moment. All happiness life is not able to give her she finds there... Written by Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@telia.com>

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


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


$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ESP 290,047,040 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The third film in Lars von Trier's "Golden Heart" trilogy in which the heroines remain naïve despite their actions. The two other parts are Breaking the Waves (1996) and The Idiots (1998). See more »


When Kathy shows up to help Selma on the night shift she is speaking but her mouth is clearly not saying the words we hear. See more »


Jeff: You can't see, can you?
Selma: What is there to see?
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Referenced in Sal de Prata (2005) See more »


Written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
Williamson Music
Performed by Björk
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Hardcore horror movie
4 September 2000 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is the most horrifying movie I've seen (gave it 10, though). I had the sensation that I was witnessing somebody die - and like Selma in the movie, I just begged for another musical-show to begin... I couldn't stand it. Everything is so tormenting and you just need that last (but not last!?) dance... Bjork is stunning as Selma, and the music she has composed blew me away. Even though this is perhaps the movie that has left the strongest impression with me ever, I don't know when I will be able watch it again.

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