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An extraordinary, quietly exploding film - a fantasy and musical, it emanates with human spirits See more (689 total) »


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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 Hogan ... Brenda (as Siobhan Fallon)

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
Anders Lunde .... 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
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
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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Did You Know?

As a countermeasure for wearing strong glasses extensively, Björk wore contacts of the opposite level to neutralize her vision during those scenes.See more »
Continuity: Despite the movie taking place in the mid-to-late 1960s, a clearly very modern train (from at least the late 70s) can be seen moving past Selma's house early on in the film.See more »
Selma:Clatter, crash, clack, racket, bang, thump rattle, clang, crack, thud, whack, bam! It's music, now dance!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in I Lars von Triers rige (1999) (TV)See more »


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56 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
An extraordinary, quietly exploding film - a fantasy and musical, it emanates with human spirits, 20 October 2000
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

This is distinguishably different from the general Hollywood films or independent projects. It's not like anything done before. LARS VON TRIER, and BJORK, simply blow your mind away: such totality in delivery!

It's gut wrenching - an absorbing tearjerker - but not sentimental. It is in strong doses. (NFE: it may not be for everyone.) The theatre audience was very quiet with occasional sniffing heard. The film may be a fantasy, yet there are subtle jabs at certain social norms and contains hints at how we treat life and lead life.

Bjork made it natural, innocent, and naively good. It is all Bjork matter: she is feeling all the joy and pain and daydreaming, saying all those words, singing all those songs, and dancing along to the music she so ingeniously composed. Lars von Trier once again wrote and delivered a 100% powerful film. He packs all kinds of emotions into 2 hrs. and 20 mins.: from the endearing friendship of two working women Kathy and Selma; to the faithful loving pursuit of Jeff for Selma; to the quiet exchanges of seemingly trusting souls of Bill and Selma; to Selma's son, Bill's wife, the crime, the court, the prison's loneliness within; the anguish pain of a determined mother; and the integrated mood changing musical numbers in-between. One scene of Bjork lying motionless with just one finger moving with quiet sobbing heard is powerful imagery.

Catherine Deneuve as Kathy is well at ease in her supporting role. She continues to exude her charm quietly. You can tell she thoroughly enjoys the company she's in at this production. Musical-wise, Deneuve is no stranger: besides "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" 1964 - every word in the film was sung, I also remember Jacques Demy's "The Young Girls of Rochefort" 1967 - she danced and sang with her sister Francoise Dorleac, along with Gene Kelly, Michel Piccoli and George Chakiris.

David Morse as Bill (the policeman and neighbor) reminds me of what a memorable performance he delivered in Sean Penn's "The Crossing Guard" 1995 opposite Jack Nicholson and Robin Wright. 'tis great to see Joel Grey dancing again (hm, in the most improbable setting!)

For a 5' 4'' singer-songwriter from Iceland, Bjork is a giant impact in this quiet powerhouse of a film, "Dancer In the Dark." Lars von Trier's vision and confidence in Bjork truly paid off!

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