A Czech immigrant (played by Björk who won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her devastating performance) copes with her encroaching blindness by escaping into musical fantasies.
This is the ultimate post-modern musical, featuring the award-winning, final acting role of Icelandic experimental pop chanteuse Björk. Lars von Trier exploited the brilliant naïve energy of his star by casting her in his overpowering tearjerker-vérité-musical—and took home the Palme d’or in Cannes.
uma história que divide a fantasia da realidade, quase com um olhar satírico relativamente a determinadas produções hollywoodescas, usando isso como meio de desenvolvimento psicológico da personagem principal, desempenhada brilhantemente por Björk. Poderosa banda sonora também composta pela supra mencionada. Mais uma vez, Lars consegue transmitir e intensificar quaisquer emoções com a sua realização.
Von Trier excels himself in the musical genre, a musical as original as it can get, magically carried over the shoulders of an impecable Bjork. He also singlehandedly makes an extremely powerful point against capital punishment. Furthermore typically Von Trier and the way he sacrifices pure goodness again, Bjork thrown under the bus, speak of the darkness in human nature and the importance of cherishing innocence.
In my opinion one of Lars von Trier's most remarkable films. The idea to use the acoustic perception of a nearly blind woman as samples to build up the (only imagined) music/dance sequences is extraordinary and leads to their very special kind of integration. Therefore beyond the narration the movie functions as a discourse about musicals and the question "why do they start to sing and dance all of a sudden".
it is the kind of work where you can see life and cinema meeting at a faroff horizon, profound narration, flawless performances, and cinematic unlearning. the way life is, in small envelopes and closed boxes. its by far Trier's best for me.
p.s. Björk in character was very very convincing. i am totally appaled.
Again a masterpiece from Trier, again the main character is pure goodness and naivity, but with unbelievable strenght to sacrifice herself for love. Again we see how people in difficult times adapt morality and justify egoism and get totally blind for people around them and are unable to reflect their own actions. Bjork, the musical scenes, the message, the story, the camera use, the last scene... were fantastic!