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6 October 2000 (USA) See more »
You don't need eyes to see. See more »
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 35 wins & 40 nominations See more »
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Björk ... Selma Jezkova

Catherine Deneuve ... Kathy

David Morse ... Bill Houston

Peter Stormare ... Jeff

Joel Grey ... Oldrich Novy

Cara Seymour ... Linda Houston
Vladica Kostic ... Gene Jezkova

Jean-Marc Barr ... Norman

Vincent Paterson ... Samuel

Siobhan Fallon ... Brenda

Zeljko Ivanek ... District Attorney

Udo Kier ... Dr. Porkorny

Jens Albinus ... Morty
Reathel Bean ... Judge
Mette Berggreen ... Receptionist
Lars Michael Dinesen ... Defense Attorney / Dancer
Katrine Falkenberg ... Suzan / Dancer
Michael Flessas ... Angry Man

John Randolph Jones ... Detective
Noah Lazarus ... Officer of the Court / Dancer
Sheldon Litt ... Visitor
Andrew Lucre ... Clerk of Court / Dancer
John Martinus ... Chairman / Dancer
Luke Reilly ... New Defense Council
T.J. Rizzo ... Boris / Dancer (as TJ Rizzo)

Stellan Skarsgård ... Doctor

Sean-Michael Smith ... Person in Doorway (as Sean Michael Smith)

Paprika Steen ... Woman on Night Shift
Eric Voge ... Officer

Nick Wolf ... Man with Hood
Timm Zimmermann ... Guard / Dancer
Al Agami ... Dancer
Alex Mouro ... Dancer
Alexander Arli ... Dancer
Allan Gyldenkærne ... Dancer
Ami Eklöf-Annell ... Dancer
Ana Christine Broström ... Dancer
Anders Tärneberg ... Dancer
Anders Thorhauge ... Dancer
Anders-Peter Torsleff Hansen ... Dancer
Ann Crosset ... Dancer
Anna David ... Dancer
Anna Norberg ... Dancer
Anna Rosenberg ... Dancer
Annette Lindholm ... Dancer
Anthony Ajoise Olufemi Jacob ... Dancer
Birgitte Skands ... Dancer
Bjorn Ahlander ... Dancer
Bo Westerholm ... Dancer
Bobo Eriksson ... Dancer
Britt Bendixen ... Dancer
Carl Johan De Neergaard ... Dancer
Carol Linda Nielsen ... Dancer
Claus Berenhard ... Dancer
Cristian Valle ... Dancer
Diana G.L. Watson ... Dancer
Ed Hickok ... Dancer
Edvin Karsson ... Dancer
Eli Stalhand ... Dancer
Elin Johansson ... Dancer
Emilie Bendz ... Dancer
Erik Dammann ... Dancer
Erik Drugge ... Dancer
Fredrik Börgesson ... Dancer
Frederik Mondrup ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marianne Bengtsson ... Dancer
Troels Asmussen ... Dancer (uncredited)
Caroline Sascha Cogez ... Prison Guard - Serving Selma Jezkova's last meal (uncredited)

Rikke Lylloff ... Dancer (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Directed by
Lars von Trier  (as Lars Von Trier)
Writing credits
Lars von Trier (written by) (as Lars Von Trier)

Produced by
Malte Forssell .... line producer
Friðrik Þór Friðriksson .... associate producer (as Fridrik Thor Fridriksson)
Finn Gjerdrum .... associate producer
Mogens Glad .... associate producer
Anja Grafers .... associate producer
Tony Grob .... line producer: USA
Torleif Hauge .... associate producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer
Lars Jönsson .... co-executive producer
Tero Kaukomaa .... associate producer
Poul Erik Lindeborg .... associate producer
Leo Pescarolo .... collaborating producer
Marianne Slot .... co-executive producer
Els Vandevorst .... associate producer
Vibeke Windeløv .... producer
Original Music by
Björk (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Robby Müller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
François Gédigier  (as François Gedigier)
Molly Marlene Stensgaard 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Karl Júlíusson  (as Karl Juliusson)
Art Direction by
Peter Grant 
Costume Design by
Manon Rasmussen 
Makeup Department
Michelle Crane .... key hair stylist: second unit (as Michelle Ahern)
Michelle Crane .... key makeup artist: second unit (as Michelle Ahern)
Anja Dahl .... makeup artist
Sanne Gravfort .... makeup artist
Cédric Gérard .... makeup artist: Catherine Deneuve
Morten Jacobsen .... special makeup effects artist
Lisa Mustafa .... assistant makeup dept.
John Nollet .... hair stylist: Catherine Deneuve
Ursula Rödel .... makeup artist: Catherine Deneuve
Production Management
Anders Barlebo .... unit manager
Joakim Höglund .... unit manager: Sweden
Lene Irgens .... post-production manager
Pia Nielsen .... technical post-production manager
Jonas Overton .... assistant unit manager: Sweden
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Caroline Sascha Cogez .... second assistant director
Damian Payne .... second assistant director: second unit
Anders Refn .... first assistant director
Anders Refn .... second unit director
Art Department
Gorm Andersen .... carpenter
Jonas Alexander Arnby .... set property assistant (as Jonas Arnby)
Christine Bechameil .... head painter
Mary Buri .... prop master: second unit
Friederik Eriksson .... set property assistant
Simone Grau .... set property
Jan Hansen .... carpenter
Cecilia Hersby .... art department coordinator (as Cecilia Sille Hersby)
Nicola Hewitt .... set decorator: second unit
Anders Jacobsen .... set property assistant
Thomas Karlsen .... property
Carsten Larsen .... carpenter
Jesper Lorents .... property master
Bent 'Niller' Nielsen .... construction coordinator (as Bent Nielsen)
Paul Mason .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... supervising sound editor
Fabio D'Amico .... adr recordist
Pétur Einarsson .... dialogue editor
Guy Sigsworth .... sound processor: Celesta
Ad Stoop .... boom operator
Per Streit .... sound designer
Damian Taylor .... sound processor: Celesta
Paul Walton .... additional sound recordist
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Stig Günther .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Sedsel Andersen .... continuity: 100 camera department
Frank Berger .... gaffer
Edvard Friis-Moeller .... department head: 100 camera department (as Edvard Friis-Moller)
Tómas Gislason .... consultant: 100 camera department
Peter Harton .... assistant 100 camera unit
Peter Hjorth .... technical director: 100 camera department
David Koskas .... still photographer
Eric Kress .... director of photography: second unit
Morten Nybø .... electrician (as Morten Nyboe)
Helene Sandberg .... still photographer intern
Harri Sipilä .... electrician (as Harry Sipilä)
Jean-Robert Viallet .... video assistant
Lars von Trier .... camera operator (as Lars Von Trier)
Marcel Zyskind .... additional camera operator
Marcel Zyskind .... focus puller
Kristoffer Andrén .... assistant camera: Sweden (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joyce Nettles .... casting: UK
Terry Terry .... extras casting coordinator: second unit
Robbie Wald .... extras casting assistant: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Calem Martin .... assistant costume designer
Jalene Murphy .... set costumer
Louize Nissen .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Christine Ekstrand .... post-production assistant
Peter Hjorth .... additional editor
Soren Kloch .... digital film transfer
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Music Department
Mark Bell .... music producer
Mark Bell .... music programmer
Björk .... music arranger: choral
Björk .... music producer
Björk .... musician: celesta
Björk .... vocal editor
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Vincent Mendoza .... conductor
Vincent Mendoza .... music arranger
Vincent Mendoza .... orchestrator
Scott Rodger .... music manager
Greg Rogers .... music consultant
Guy Sigsworth .... musician: celesta
Sjón Sigurdsson .... composer: lyrics
Valgeir Sigurðsson .... music editor
Valgeir Sigurðsson .... music mixer
Valgeir Sigurðsson .... music programmer
Valgeir Sigurðsson .... music recordist
Mark Stent .... music mixer: songs (as Mark 'Spike' Stent)
Lars von Trier .... composer: lyrics (as Lars Von Trier)
Bruce White .... viola
Ray Williams .... music consultant
Charlie Morgan .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Thomas Garris .... transportation captain
Other crew
Malini Ahlberg .... production coordinator: Sweden (as Anna Malini Ahlberg)
Khalil Al Harbiti .... assistant location manager
Mattias Andersson .... runner
Mette Berggreen .... assistant choreographer
Mette Berggreen .... consultant: dance edit
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services
Linda Daae .... continuity
Roger D. Faires .... location manager: second unit (as Roger Faires)
Jonas Frederiksen .... production controller
Peter Garde .... financial advisor
Louise Grosell .... production coordinator
Daniel Gylling .... location manager (as Daniel Ahlqvist)
Andrea Helgadóttir .... assistant: Björk (as Andrea Helgadottir)
Kerstin Hofstadius .... travel agent: Sweden
Carsten Holst .... assistant: Lars von Trier
Joga Jóhannsdóttir .... assistant: Björk (as Joga Johansdottir)
Per Kirkeby .... overture sequence
Cecilie Kølpin .... production assistant
Hans Lönnerheden .... completion bond
Andreas Martinsen .... runner
Liz Miller .... unit publicist
Mette Nelund .... financial coordinator
Pia Severin Nielsen .... assistant: Vibeke Windeløv
Vincent Paterson .... choreographer
Vincent Paterson .... dance director
Charlotte Pedersen .... assistant: Vibeke Windeløv
Cecilie Rui .... assistant: Vibeke Windeløv
Chris Sanger .... assistant: Marianne Slot
Paul Schwartzman .... consigliere
Sean-Michael Smith .... dialogue coach
Line Spanning .... travel coordinator
Carsten Sparwath .... production assistant
Jonathan Sydenham .... script translator
Christian Tafdrup .... runner
Nicholas Vroman .... assistant: Björk, second unit (as Nick Vroman)
James Wilson .... production executive: FilmFour
Karrie Melendrez .... story analyst (uncredited)

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Rated R for some violence
140 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Although this film is advertised as a musical, the first musical number doesn't appear until 40 minutes into the film.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Jeff:You can't see, can you?
Selma:What is there to see?
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97 out of 134 people found the following review useful.
A film so perfect it hurts to watch., 10 November 2000
Author: Pseudo-geordie boy from newcastle, UK

This is quite possibly the most moving film I've seen, it ensnares you within the first minute, or Bjork does with her interpretation of the sound of music, which is both hilarious and introduces one of the main themes: the magic of musicals. Not one of my favourite genres (but everyone loves The Sound Of Music, right?) but Lars Von Trier makes you re-evaluate your perception with a gentle loving pastiche of the way for no reason people and things in musicals spontaneously erupt into song, made more credible in this film by implicating a reason for it: Bjork's character is going blind so she hears music in the slightest thing and she, in her mind, sees how moves should be choreographed with the music she hears, reminiscent of her own ‘It's Oh So Quiet' music video. And the best thing about this film is the way Bjork charms you with her portrayal of the nicest person in the world, she will do anything for you if she could. She is essentially an innocent and though this is her weakness you can't help but love her all the more: a sparkling performance from a unique singer in real life.

However from this don't assume that this is a light happy film as there is a dark tragic side also, and this side is full of injustice, agony- and I mean agony-, sorrow- like you'd not believe-, and an intense emotional pull as I've ever felt in a cinema before, and it's this half that propels it from being just a great film to becoming one of the greatest. Its greatness is in telling a simple story of a woman trying to stop her own genetic sight disorder afflicting her son, by working every hour to afford the operation, working heavy machinery despite essentially being virtually blind, its greatness is its ability to inflict upon you the gift of feeling every conceivable emotion you posses and you do, you really do experience so much during this film. But I'll not say too much as my enjoyment of this film increased due to, for a change, not second guessing what would happen but to just let it be, I would say to passively watch but there's nothing passive about this film. It really moves you. It makes you feel alive.

This film should be seen alone, in the quiet when you are all by yourself, but more importantly than that it should be seen: this is more than mere movie this is art this is real this is the greatest film I have ever seen: even better than Casablanca, and Shadowlands, and The Piano.

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