Dancer in the Dark Movie Review Summary

Actors: Bjork, Catherine Deneuve

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DANCER IN THE DARK is a movie written and directed by Lars Von Trier in 2000. The director won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.
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1964. Björk and Catherine Deneuve, both Czescholovakian immigrants, work hard in a factory lost in the american Midwest. Björk works on a double-shift basis because she has only one idea in mind, to earn the money needed for the eye operation of his son suffering from a rare family illness. She will have to murder "by pity" her neighbour David Morse who tried to steal her money and face the death penalty.

Recommended. In my opinion, the best movie of the year 2000.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Set in the mid-twentieth century, "Dancer in the Dark", is a study in small town politics, universal human selfishness, and the agonizing symbiotic relationship between mother and son. And it's a musical! This element is a fascinating contrast to the dismal human dilemmas director Lars Von Triers presents. Bjork is "Selma", a Chekoslovocian factory worker who gives up her best friend, her lover, and eventually her life, in order to provide her son with the surgery to restore his sight. There are technicolor musical interludes based on Hollywood classics: Bjork in other-worldly faerie mode, her imagined self. This film isn't perfect, but its a study in perception vs. reality that should provide university film seminars with ample material for years to come.
The review of this Movie prepared by Johnny D.

Script Analysis of Dancer in the Dark

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Family, caring for sick?    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Son because he/she is    -   physically ill Family, loving    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   son Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   European    -   American Midwest Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of lower class    -   immigrant story

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European Unusual characteristics:    -   Physically sick


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison    -   moving train    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing    -   lot of singing and dancing

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