Dancer in the Dark

Lars Von Trier

Dancer in the Dark is a fascinating piece of cinema. It narrates the story of a near-blind single mother (played by the singer Bjork) working in a factory, caring for her son and finding vicarious release in the songs and dance of 1950s Hollywood — till her life is torn apart by a tragic series of events that lead to her being jailed and eventually hanged. The narrative is dazzling and dizzying — there is a constant shift in mood and perspective, punctuated by songs picturised in wildly different styles. This is a film that defies categorisation, and its deliberately uneven tone makes it a constantly engaging experience. Not an easy film to watch, but an unforgettable one.

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