The final installment in Lars von Triers Golden Heart trilogy (which includes BREAKING THE WAVES and THE IDIOTS) DANCER IN THE DARK takes the directors original blend of heightened pseudorealism and fabricated melodrama to a dangerously intense level. The story concerns Selma (Bjork) a Czech immigrant living in 1964 Washington State with her 12-year-old son Gene (Vladan Kostic). On the verge of blindness Selma spends her days working in a factory as well as performing other odd jobs in order to save up enough money to pay for an operation that will cure Gene of the same disease. To pass the time Selma fantasizes that her own life is a musical one in which her friends join her in sweeping song-and-dance routines. After her neighbor Bill (David Morse) discovers Selmas hidden savings and steals them from her she is forced to perform an act of salvation that will condemn her forever. As the innocent Selma Bjork is one of the most fragile and heartbreaking presences the screen has ever seen. Her unbearably moving performance is enough to keep the viewer mesmerized throughout even amid the story gaps and inconsistencies. Featuring compassionate supporting turns by Catherine Deneuve and Peter Stormare DANCER IN THE DARK is an unrelenting gut punch that will have sympathetic audiences quivering with uncontrollable emotion.
Release Date: 24 September 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 134 minutes
Production Year: 2000
Main Language: English