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Dancer in the Dark (2000)

 -  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 Jeskova is an immigrant from East Europe living in America, who works in a factory as a worker. She is a sweet and naive person and love musicals. She has a degenerative disease and is becoming blind. She works hard, including in the night shift, to save all the money she can get to permit her son Gene to be submitted to an eyes surgery when he reaches thirteen years old. Her unique entertainment is the theater, where she rehearses 'The Sound of Music' at night, and going to the movie theater with her best friend and colleague Kathy. Selma lives in a trailer rented by Bill Houston and his wife Linda. Bill is a police officer, who spends more than he earns, to satisfy the requests of his beloved wife. One day, Bill finds where Selma keeps her money and steals her. A tragedy happens when she claims her money back. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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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6 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bailando en la oscuridad  »

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Budget:

$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$80,652 (Netherlands) (27 October 2000)

Gross:

ESP 290,047,040 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Björk's first leading role in a feature film. During the shooting, she left the set. No one knew where she was and no one was able to contact her. Shooting was suspended indefinitely. She came back after three days - as can be seen in Von Trier's 100 Eyes (2000). See more »

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SO LONG, FAREWELL
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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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