I saw this movie after I watched MELANCHOLIA. I guess, that's the biggest mistake I've ever made. I knew that DANCER IN THE DARK is a depressive movie. But, I didn't expect this movie would be more depressive than I thought. DANCER IN THE DARK will separate its audience into two groups. Some of it will loved it and the others will despise it. I swear - I will never watch this movie again in the next 15 years, maybe?
Lars von Trier has definitely found a secret recipe for exceptional film-making. Just like Dogville, this film offers humble visuals; acting varies in quality - with Björk definitely being a highlight here, but her British accent feels somewhat cringeworthy for a Czechoslovakian immigrant, it adds to the surreality of the whole though and those incredibly weird, amazing daydream drifts... Powerful ending. Top cinema.
I went into this film forgeting just how good Von Trier can be, the films where he can just lets the art be the provocatier and doesn’t shock for shocks sake are genuine masterpieces. Needless to say this movie bowled me over, it’s not only the gentle yet uncompromised Von Trier direction, Bjork is absolutely Oscar worthy as Selma and stands tall beside Deneuve and Stormare. Highly recommended.
This film makes me question what I thought was important for a film. The photography is not impressive, camera seems to be purposely nauseating, the story relies too heavily on melodrama and the performances, except for Björks are more or less mediocre. Nevertheless it is one of the most amazing films I have ever seen. Takes the question of what makes a movie good to another level!
The film gets so emotionally piqued that you keep reminding yourself about the director just not to get carried away, just like wondering about god when things turn weird and awful. Who else has used so much raw emotion to such complex rhetorical effect? Like always VonTrier catches you by the gut and secures his hold till the very end. Never-ending tears of Job.
Björk (and the main actors to be fair) deserves recognition for her performance. A un-doubtfully grim and dark musical that's betrayed for being discrepant in its core. The fantasies never agree with the tragedy that's presented to Selma's eyes. So, those musical sequences don't flatter the brutality of her faith (even if they're used as an armor); rather they deviate from her pain because they don't feel genuine.