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… –IMDb
With a back-story (almost) as singular as his films, Danish director Lars von Trier was one of the most exceptional filmmakers to burst onto the international film scene in the 1990s. Unapologetically confident in his artistry and an unabashed provocateur, von Trier could kick up a fuss about his behavior, but his stylistic brio, extreme narratives, and ability with actors prevented such films as Zentropa (1991), The Kingdom (1994), Breaking the Waves (1996), and Dancer in the Dark (2000) from being eclipsed by their creator. Even as he openly sought a larger audience by making films in English, von Trier’s success helped resurrect Scandinavian cinema’s international prominence; his intense fear of flying ensured he’d never “go Hollywood.”
Raised by his radical, nudist Communist parents in an unconventional environment where, as von Trier once put it, everything was permitted except “feelings, religion and enjoyment,” von Trier blossomed into a neurotic, left-wing, movie-loving… read more
Björk's performance is one of the best performances I have ever witnessed on screen.
A look at posters in which actors are absent and the title treatment is king.
Lars Von Trier is a sad man whose gloom bleeds into his films. My only exposure to Trier’s work has been “Antichrist” and his most recent film “Melancholia.” The first is a dark, twisted antithesis… read review
I really enjoyed the deconstruction of cinematic form and elements. I really applaud Bjork’s beautiful and tragic performance. I really loved the comparison between the extravagant, avant-garde even… read review
One of the toughest movie experiences I’ve ever had. Deeply affecting and moving, the charachters gripped me. It was hard to watch at times, a joy to watch sometimes too. I sat through it and it was… read review