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Dancer in the Dark (2000)

 -  Crime | Drama | Musical  -  6 October 2000 (USA)
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An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

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Selma Jeskova is an immigrant from East Europe living in America, who works in a factory as a worker. She is a sweet and naive person and love musicals. She has a degenerative disease and is becoming blind. She works hard, including in the night shift, to save all the money she can get to permit her son Gene to be submitted to an eyes surgery when he reaches thirteen years old. Her unique entertainment is the theater, where she rehearses 'The Sound of Music' at night, and going to the movie theater with her best friend and colleague Kathy. Selma lives in a trailer rented by Bill Houston and his wife Linda. Bill is a police officer, who spends more than he earns, to satisfy the requests of his beloved wife. One day, Bill finds where Selma keeps her money and steals her. A tragedy happens when she claims her money back. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In a world of shadows, she found the light of life. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Musical

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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6 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bailando en la oscuridad  »

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Budget:

$12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$80,652 (Netherlands) (27 October 2000)

Gross:

ESP 290,047,040 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The role of Cathy, Selma's best friend, was originally written for an African-American woman. However, Catherine Deneuve, who had written to Lars von Trier several years earlier about the possibility of doing a film together, expressed interest in the part. Von Trier cast her and slightly rewrote the part as a French immigrant woman to accommodate Deneuve. See more »

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When Bill tells Selma he has no money, Selma's hair repeatedly switches from being over her ears, to being tucked behind them. See more »

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Selma: [singing] This isn't the last song, there's no violin, the choir is quiet, and no one takes a spin, this is the next to last song, and that's all...
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References Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) See more »

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Written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
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Experimental, jarring, beautiful
8 October 2000 | by (Fairfax, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Dancer in the Dark haunted me. This film was an amazing view into the human mind as well as a tragic story of hopeless hope, betrayal by others, and still remaining true to yourself. Bjork produces an inspirational performance, of which one would never think she is not primarily an actress. Some of her moments in this film bring you to tears with their absolute honesty. The ensemble cast are a godsend as well. Peter Stormare, Catherine Denevue, and David Morse in particular. Morse, playing the most varied and difficult character, succeeds with apparent ease. The only complaint I had of the film is that it was slightly drawn out and slow paced. However, it is still spiked with moments of surprise that knock you so hard, you are pulled back in immediately. With an incredible closeness to these people, Dancer in the Dark will make you think and stretch your emotions to the limit.


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