Dancer in the Dark


Dancer in the Dark

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Dancer in Dark can be grim, dull, and difficult to watch, but even so, it has a powerful and moving performance from Bjork and is something quite new and visionary.



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Set in rural America in 1964, an immigrant and single mother who works at a factory takes refuge from her hardships by imagining herself and her co-workers in Hollywood musicals.

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as Selma
Joel Grey
as Oldrich
Udo Kier
as Dr. Porkorny
Zeljko Ivanek
as District Attorney
Vladica Kostic
as Gene Jezkova
Mette Berggreen
as Receptionist
Lars Michael Dinesen
as Defense Attorney
Michael Flessas
as Angry Man
Noah Lazarus
as Officer of the Court
Sheldon Litt
as Visitor
Andrew Lucre
as Clerk of the Court
John Martinus
as Chairman
Luke Reilly
as New Defense Counsel
Sean Michael Smith
as Person in Doorway
Paprika Steen
as Woman on Night Shift
Eric Voge
as Officer
Nick Wolf
as Man with Hood
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Critic Reviews for Dancer in the Dark

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (30)

  • Dancer is like no other movie around. Shot in bleached-out video colors in rough, hand-held style, the film is at once aggressively modern and deliberately, melodramatically, old-fashioned.

    Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • At least Dancer in the Dark is bad in a complicated way.

    Mar 19, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Aims right for the heart and aces its target.

    Jun 5, 2001 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Come to the theater prepared, with a handkerchief in one hand and a rotten tomato in the other.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • A thought-provoking, emotionally resonant, and innovative cinematic experience.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It smashes down the walls of habit that surround so many movies. It returns to the wellsprings. It is a bold, reckless gesture.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dancer in the Dark


Björk is magnificent in a very demanding performance, acting and singing in this grim and devastating musical tragedy that can be really difficult for some people to watch, but no one can deny that it is incredibly thought-provoking and emotionally compelling.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


It's like a Raymond Carver short story written by Ingmar Bergman, and directed occasionally by Baz Luhrman. Plus, it stars Bjork. Weird, wonderful slice of life story, a truly original film about characters on the margins trying to succeed on their own terms. Like nothing I've ever seen before.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Its a different type of musical. Von Trier finds an all star cast from Bjork to Peter Stormare and creates a dark and depressing piece of cinema. The dead silence of some scenes are bleak but its the musical scores that helps carry the film.

paul oh
paul oh

Super Reviewer


A devastating, soul-crushing take on the justice system concerning a blind immigrant (Bjork), who gets by as a machine-worker by day and a theater performer by night, who is exploited by some people she is closest to in 1964 Washington. This film is a full mixed-bag, as director Lars von Trier occasionally gets too self-righteous in his damning of America and its inhabitants, but the film still succeeds largely to Bjork's moving, incredibly realized performance, as well as a final 20 minutes that packs a devastating, tear-filled blow to the heart. Kudos to von Trier for inserting the "musical" aspect to this film in very clever ways, which gives a much-needed boost of life and energy to a very depressing and downbeat film. Be warned though, the end will make you weep like a baby.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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