Dancer In The Dark

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(out of 5)


Lars Von Trier repeats his exact formula from his 1996 art house hit Breaking The Waves with one notable exception: this time the leading lady sings up a storm.  is phenomenal in her film debut as a young woman who is slowly going blind, working in a factory to save up money for her son who has a similar condition and needs an operation. Along the way, her dreams of becoming a musical star are realized through fantasy sequences with music by the leading lady herself. Things get ridiculously melodramatic really fast, often to the disadvantage of the film’s power, but no matter; Bjork’s music for the film is so indelible as to make it worth the rave.  also lends much to the production with his energetic choreography (he also has a small part in the film).


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Denmark/Germany/The Netherlands/Italy/USA/United Kingdom/France/Sweden/Finland/Iceland/Norway, 2000

Directed by 

Screenplay by Lars Von Trier

Cinematography by 

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Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2000


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Academy Award Nomination
Best Music (Original Song) (“I’ve Seen It All”, music by Bjork; lyric by Lars Von Trier, Sjon Sigurdsson)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Bjork)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“I’ve Seen It All”, music by Bjork, lyrics by Sjon Sigurdsson, Lars Von Trier)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actress (Bjork)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Music (Bjork)

National Board Of Review Awards
Top Ten Films
Special Citation, Outstanding dramatic music performance (Bjork)

Cannes Film Festival Awards
Palme D’Or
Best Actress (Bjork)

Independent Spirit Award
Best Foreign Film

European Film Awards
Best European Film
Best European Actress (Bjork)
Audience Award-Best European Actress (Bjork)
Audience Award-Best European Actor (Lars Von Trier)

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

Goya Award
Best European Film


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