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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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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 <>

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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


$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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Björk was known for crazy behavior during and after filming. She once attacked a news anchor when asked about working with Lars von Trier and supposedly ate part of her costume after filming was complete. See more »


When Bill tells Selma he has no money, Selma's hair repeatedly switches from being over her ears, to being tucked behind them. See more »


Selma: [talking about musical films] You know when the camera goes really big and it comes up out of the roof, and you just know that it's gonna end? I hate that.
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References Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) See more »


Written by Björk
Arranged, Orchestrated & Conducted by Vincent Mendoza
Produced by Björk
Mixed by Mark Stent (as Mark "Spike" Stent)
Published by Universal Music
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intensely emotional and deeply pensive
28 January 2001 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

As a fan of Lars Von Trier's earlier works, as well as Bjork's music videos, I was quite excited to see a collaboration between the two. I tried not to expect much, however, as many reviews of the film were quite poor. I couldn't have been more delighted by the film. Bjork's acting ability was superb (it is a shame she will not be acting in the future), and Lars Von Trier's writing and direction proved to be intense and incredible. While he played with different themes in the genres of the Musical, the Neo-Realist film, and the Melodrama, he created a meta film, investigating human nature as well as the nature of film (or digital video) itself. An incredibly emotional film, it also proved to be poignantly intellectual.

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