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Dancer in the Dark

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Denmark, Germany, Netherlands · 2000
Rated R · 2h 21m
Director Lars Von Trier
Starring Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare
Genre Drama

Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder. When life gets difficult, Selma learns to cope through her love of musicals, escaping life's troubles by dreaming up little numbers to the rhythmic beats of her surroundings.

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Slate by David Edelstein

At times the movie's crudeness has an eerie beauty, but the musical fantasies are a bewildering hash, and the protracted climax on death row is nearly unendurable.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

I was astonished to find myself weeping copiously over von Trier's latest, which is another parable of monomaniacal sainthood.

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