film by Lars Von Trier in cinema 20 May 2016

dancer in the dark
You don't need eyes to see. In a world of shadows, she found the light of life.
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Dancer in the Dark /Story

Dancer in the Dark centers around Selma (Björk), a factory worker, who loves her 10-year-old son above everything else in the world.

Selma is a happy, innocent creature who enjoys musicals for "nothing bad ever happens in them". These elements (mother's love for her son, joyfulness of musicals versus the hardships of every day life) create a whole unlike anything ever seen on silver screen.

Selma is rapidly losing her eye sight, but not her vision: she's the 'dancer in the dark' who is prepared to sacrifice herself to keep the light in her child's eyes. Very early on it becomes obvious that this story can't have a happy ending. However, once you've accepted it, you can put your mind at ease and see the film as it unfolds from Selma's point of view. And what a view it is! Björk gives a performance of a life time - this little woman with a huge voice is all emotion all the time without ever appearing overtly dramatic or cheaply sentimental. There's no weak link in the rest of the cast either, Peter Stormare as Jeff, Catherine Deneuve as Kathy and Siobhan Fallon as the prison guard to name but a few. The biggest star is still the director himself; von Trier demonstrates his talent in a superb fashion by both telling a simple story that will most likely break you heart and examining the ever-persistent ills of the life of the lower class of the American society. What about the film's musical character then? This is where von Trier triumphs the most by understanding the very essence of the whole genre - hope; hope that will live in our soul for ever if we'll only follow our heart.

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Selma

Overview

  • 1

    Director:

    Lars von Trier
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    Writer:

    Lars von Trier
  • 3

    Producer:

    Malte Forssell, Canal+
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    Genre:

    Crime | Drama | Musical
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    Release Date:

    September 15, 2000

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Dancer in the Dark / Cast

Bjork
- Bjork
Selma Jezkova
Cathrine Deneuve
- Cathrine Deneuve
Kathy
David Morse
- David Morse
Bill Houston
Peter Stormare
- Peter Stormare
Jeff
Joel Grey
- Joel Grey
Oldrich Novy
Udo Kier
- Udo Kier
Dr. Poromy
Jean-Marc Barr
- Jean-Marc Barr
Noman
 Stellan Skarsgard
- Stellan Skarsgard
Doctor
Vincent Paterson
- Vincent Paterson
Samuel
Siobhan Fallon
- Siobhan Fallon
Hogan Brenda
Jens Albinus
- Jens Albinus
Morty
Zeljko Ivanek
- Zeljko Ivanek
District Attomey
Reathel Bean
- Reathel Bean
Judge
Paprika Stenn
- Paprika Stenn
Woman on Night Shift
Viladica Kostic<
- Viladica Kostic
Gene jezkova
Cara Seymour
- Cara Seymour
Linda Houston

Location

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7 LEICESTER PLACE
London
WC2H 7BY
NEAREST TUBE LEICESTER SQUARE OR PICCADILLY CIRCUS

Screening Times

Wednesday 20 May 2016 17:30 - 19.30
Thursday 21 May 2016 17:30 - 19.30
Friday 23 May 2016 17:30 - 19.30
Saturday 24 May 2016 19:30 - 22.30
Sunday 25 May 2016 14:00- 16.30

Ticket prices

Weekday Matinees : £4 / £8 | Eves / W'ends / Bank Hols : £8.50 / £11

Seasonal Films : £5 / £7.50 | Special Events : Priced Accordingly

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Dancer in the Dark /Reviews

Dancer in the Dark 2000 (Lars Von Trier) Some reasonable people will admire Lars von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark," and others will despise it. An excellent case can be made for both positions. Roger Ebert, Film Critic

jaune

“ Dancer in the Dark is one of my favourite films ever. I cannot help but cry every time I watch it. The excellent performance by Bjork”

- Jaune
Tom Jeremy

“One of the best movies Ive ever seen by far. A total masterpiece. Definitely recommend this movie. ”

- Tom Jeremy