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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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As a countermeasure for wearing strong glasses extensively, Björk wore contacts of the opposite level to neutralize her vision during those scenes. See more »


Even though Selma is from Czechoslovakia, her accent is not Czech nor Slovak. See more »


Lines on screen: They say it's the last song. They don't know us, you see. It's only the last song if we let it be.
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Written by Björk, Mark Bell, Sjón Sigurdsson & Lars von Trier
Performed by Björk
Arranged by Björk & Vincent Mendoza
Orchestrated & Conducted by Vincent Mendoza
Produced by Björk & Mark Bell
Mixed by Mark Stent (as Mark "Spike" Stent)
Published by Universal Music, Warp/EMI Music & Copyright Control
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A "Musical" like no other before it...
9 October 2000 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

Gene Kelly's musicals may never have tempted a tear, but this film sure did. This is the most creative and powerful film I've seen this year. I just got back so it will take a while to absorb where it fits in the hierarchy of great movies, but it is one of the few 10's I have ever given on IMDB. I went in knowing nothing other then that Bjork was the lead and that it was a Cannes favorite, I and was rewarded greatly. I am not closed minded, but I thought I would never again find a musical that so wrapped you up in the emotional core of the piece, such as the musicals that I enjoyed in my youth. Its style is experimental enough that I would be surprised if it got a Best Film Oscar nod, but never would I be surprised for any honors bestowed on Bjork, who torturingly WAS Selma for those two painful hours. She is a goddess.

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