Film Screening 13th June, 2001

Poster for Dancer in the Dark

Dancer in the Dark 

8:00 PM, 13th June, 2001

  • MA
  • 140 mins
  • 2000
  • Lars von Trier
  • Lars von Trier
  • Bjrk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Udo Kier, Joel Grey

Danish director Lars von Trier, one of the men behind the Dogme films, is a filmmaker unlike any other. Dancer in the Dark does nothing to change this. The story follows the life of Selma (Bjrk, in an impressive film debut), a Czech immigrant and single mother living in 1960s America. Selma has an extremely idealised view of the world, much of which she has built up from watching American musicals. However circumstance is set on removing this idealism, as every conceivable (and some inconceivable) negative event seems destined to happen to her. These sad and hard-hitting events are counterpunched by Selma's dreams of how the world should be.

On the whole it is difficult to recommend this film - it's the sort of film that everyone should see for themselves, and make up their own mind. So I'd encourage you to come along and decide for yourself.

Pedr Cain