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Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Manipulative, horrible & boring
This is my first review on IMDb, now you can imagine how annoyed I was by this movie. I don't understand why everyone loves it, is it because the execution scene makes them cry? or because the incapability of the protagonist makes them pity her? I don't know. They didn't work for me.
First of all, the whole storyline is awfully manipulative. A woman with a disease that gradually blinds her gives birth to a child while she knows he'll have the same problem. Then goes on a mission to save money for his operation. She's half blind, working with machines that could kill her for the sake of her child. This is where the director lost my sympathy for Selma. If she really cares about her child, she should stay alive to be able to save more money. Just the fact that she was poor and miserable couldn't fool me into having sympathy for her.
Besides the director failed to get my sympathy for Selma because I never know why she didn't stay with her family, why did she immigrate and why is she not choosing a less dangerous work? I find her stupid and I have no sympathy for the stupid.
What Selma is looking for is not sympathy but pity. People offer to help her, she refuses. She refuses to get a lawyer, refuses to defend herself in court by saying the truth. So why pity someone that doesn't want your pity/help/sympathy? She unreasonably wants to be on her own, so let her *be* on her own. I have to say that the execution scenes were moving (up to that point I wanted to give this movie a 1). But it was irrelevant to the whole storyline, it could have been any convicted person. No difference for me.
I like Bjork's music, but her acting was awful. I don't know if we were to believe she's semi-retard or not but she's definitely not as good an actor as a singer. This is not to mention how awful the musical parts were, my ears were almost bleeding.
In the end, Selma was a stubborn, stupid daydreamer who killed someone for no apparent reason and refused to defend herself in the court. Do I find her a heroine? No. Do I have sympathy for her? No. Did she annoy me and get on my nerves for almost 2 hours? Hell yes!