‘Dancer in the Dark’ (2000) Review by Jacob Buckley

Depth of Field

Lars Von Trier’s 2000 film Dancer in the Dark is one of two halves, both in execution and vision, which ultimately overlap and merge as the film progresses. The “musical”, starring Icelandic singer – songwriter Bjork and iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve, follows a poor, working class mother named Selma (Bjork) who often day dreams and escapes the harsh realities of her life by imagining she is in a musical, her big passion in life other than her son. This dreaming is exacerbated and made all the more vivid by the fact she is losing her sight due to a degenerative disease. When Selma discovers that the disease is hereditary and her son will also fall victim to the illness we follow her on a journey to try and cure him at all costs despite the cruel interference of others and the risk of death.

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