Dancer In the Dark

Synopsis: 1964 in small town Washington state. Selma Jezková, a Czechoslovakian immigrant, and her preteen son Gene live in a rented trailer owned by and on the property of married Bill and Linda Houston, he the town sheriff. Beyond Bill and Linda, Selma has a small group of friends who look out for her, including her primary confidante, Kathy, with who she works, and Jeff who wants to be her boyfriend. Jeff regularly waits outside Selma's workplace long before the end of her shift to drive her home, despite she always refusing in not wanting to lead him on. Her primary job is working on the Anderson Tool factory assembly line, but she does whatever she can to earn money. What only Kathy knows among Selma's friends is that she is slowly going blind, her medical condition being genetic. Selma is barely able to see, just enough to do her job. Her primary reason for moving to the US and for working all the time is to earn enough money for an operation for Gene when he turns thirteen, he who doesn't
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Lars von Trier
Production: Fine Line Features
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 46 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
140 min













You're sweating.

I know. I'm excited though.I can see it all happening.

A little turn...

Now side to side.

Other people can sing.

Can we talk out herefor a minute?

She's fantastic.

What are youtalking about?

I think she sings funny.

And her dancing's notall that great either.

That's the first timeshe did it, okay?

Yeah, but I hadall the kits by then.

Because she didn'ttake the kettle,

so I was stuck.

Do you want me totake the kettle, Samuel?

No, I don't.I just want Kathy

to put it over here.This is, you know...

If you say these words,and then, boom,

you just putyour hands out,

and there they are.They're there.

Please don'tdrop the props, Kathy.

Wait, wait.

Why are you putting iton her head, though?

I'm a little confused.

I don't know.It was, uh...

Because she's notgoing to pick it up.

It looks likeyou're trying to...

put a hat on her heador something.

You're fantastic.

You just have to listento your heart, Cvalda.

I don't want youto call me Cvalda.

Okay, Paul, please.

You're Cvaldato me.

Let's do some sound effects.


I told youno tapping

in "The Soundof Music."

It really needs rhythm.

Like drums or something.

Everybody'sdoing a great job.



Oh, hello, Selma.Come here.

- Are you ready?- Yeah, I'm ready.

Okay, you knowwhere to stand.


So let's trythis one.


Maybeeven this one.


I think you can workthat machine safely.

I'll write a noteto the plant

and let them know.

Thank you.





We lost five hours'cause some idiot

broke the machine.

Bill's here.


Well, he's herewith Gene.

Oh, that soundslike bad news.

What are yougoing to do?

Well, I guess I gotto tell her, don't i?

You can't bringthe script to work, Selma.

Keep your eyeson the machine, okay?



Bill's here.


He's here with Gene.

Not again!

You got to comeright back, okay?

Don't be too worried.

We're gonna work this out.

Here she comes.

Why are younot in school?!


When I say so,you go to school!

Do you think I joke?

You have to study!

Come on, Selma, stop.

We talked about this.Didn't we talk about it?

Hanging out with thoseautomobile thieves.

So what?

He's learning.

Selma,he's learning.

Aw, come on.

Gene, this is the mostimportant thing.

You have to go to school.

Selma, l--I can...

drive him back to schoolif you like.

Since when was thatyour business?

What you doing here?

If you needa ride home--

I don'teven punch out

until afteranother two hours.

Sometimes you punch outaround this time.

I never punch out early!

Don't need a dumb...

Don't need a ride!

In your little head.

All right.

Come on, Mr. G.Let's get you to school.

Thank you, but l...

I'll just...I'll just ride my bike.

Bye, Jeff.

She likes you.

I'm sure of it.

You're sure?

Yeah, I'm sure of it.

This is my punishment,

that you help me with this.

And you've got...

You've got to makeyour bed as well.

And you forgotto wrap up the bread.

Two times.

There's no more of that.

You keep reading.

"So long, farewell,

auf... wiedersehen...

adieu, adieu, adieu,

to yieu and yieu and yieu."

"To yieu...

and yieu..."

What does that mean,


It's your dumb musical.

"And yieu..."

It's German.

- You think?- Mm.

You wantsome more ketchup?


Are you tired?

Why--why should you...

always ask me so...

so stupid questions?

Shall I show youmy step?

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Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier (born Lars Trier; 30 April 1956) is a Danish film director and screenwriter with a prolific and controversial career spanning almost four decades. His work is known for its genre and technical innovation; confrontational examination of existential, social, and political issues; and his treatment of subjects such as mercy, sacrifice, and mental health.Among his more than 100 awards and 200 nominations at film festivals worldwide, von Trier has received: the Palme d'Or (for Dancer in the Dark), the Grand Prix (for Breaking the Waves), the Prix du Jury (for Europa), and the Technical Grand Prize (for The Element of Crime and Europa) at the Cannes Film Festival. In March 2017, he began filming The House That Jack Built, an English-language serial killer thriller.Von Trier is the founder and shareholder of the international film production company Zentropa Films, which has sold more than 350 million tickets and garnered seven Academy Award nominations over the past 25 years. more…

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