My Old Addiction

Dancer In The Dark


(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 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 2000

Cannes Film Festival 2000

Golden Globe Awards 2000



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