Dancer in the Dark (2000), directed by Lars von Trier
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Dancer in the Dark is the most aesthetically brilliant film of the year, and it contains an unnerving naturalistic performance by Icelandic vocalist Bjork. But the film is spoiled by director and screenwriter Lars von Trier's need for a protracted soap-opera catastrophe.

Selma (played by Bjork) is a Czechoslovakian immigrant who works in a factory. Her impending blindness and her incessant daydreaming about musicals make her an occupational hazard. She saves every dime so that her son, who has the same disease, can have an eyesight-saving operation. But a despondent neighbor steals Selma's money, leading to tragedy upon tragedy.


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