Dancer in the Dark (2000)

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Critic Consensus: 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.
Rating:
R (for some violence)
Genre:
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Björk
as Selma
Joel Grey
as Oldrich
Udo Kier
as Dr. Porkorny
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
T.J. Rizzo
as Boris
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 (115) | Top Critics (29)

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Variety
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | February 11, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | April 26, 2007
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Dancer in the Dark

½

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

½

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

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