Heart-rending masterpiece about the corruption of innocence
Dancer In The Dark review
6th September 2012
The tragic character of Selma is so beautifully constructed. The way von Trier creates someone so diligent, fragile and innocent is outstanding. This is partly due to an intimate (at times claustrophobic) style of direction and a breath-taking performance by Bjork. Also the ethereal use of song is both poignantly sad and enchanting and adds to the drama of the film.
Dancer in the Dark is the most distressing and saddening film I have ever seen. Although I give this film 5 stars it is nonetheless with a heavy heart; the Hardy-esque bleaknessone feels as the film progresses is not very pleasant.