Dancer in the Dark

October 6th, 2000


Dancer in the Dark

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An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 7.9/10 (45,925 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Lars von Trier

Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse

Selma has emigrated with her son from Central Europe to America. The year is 1964. Selma works day and night to save her son from the same disease she suffers from, a disease that inevitably will make her blind. But Selma has the energy to live because of her secret! She loves musicals. When life feels tough she can pretend that she is in the wonderful world of musicals...just for a short moment. All happiness life is not able to give her she finds there...

Björk - Selma Jezkova
Catherine Deneuve - Kathy
David Morse - Bill Houston
Peter Stormare - Jeff
Joel Grey - Oldrich Novy
Cara Seymour - Linda Houston
Vladica Kostic - Gene Jezkova
Jean-Marc Barr - Norman
Vincent Paterson - Samuel
Siobhan Fallon - Brenda
Zeljko Ivanek - District Attorney
Udo Kier - Dr. Porkorny
Jens Albinus - Morty
Reathel Bean - Judge
Mette Berggreen - Receptionist

Taglines: You don't need eyes to see.


Official Website: Fine Line |

Release Date: 6 October 2000

Filming Locations: Arlington, Washington, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $103,102 (Denmark) (10 September 2000) (49 Screens)

Gross: $40,031,879 (Worldwide) (18 July 2001)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Stellan Skarsgård was originally cast in the role of Jeff, Selma's would-be boyfriend, but was unable to play a part as large as that due to a scheduling conflict (with Aberdeen). The part of Jeff went instead to Peter Stormare, and Skarsgård ended up playing the substantially smaller (only two scenes) role of Selma's eye doctor.

Continuity: When Bill tells Selma he has no money, Selma's hair repeatedly switches from being over her ears, to being tucked behind them.

Selma: There's no more to see...

User Review

Hardcore horror movie

Rating: 10/10

This is the most horrifying movie I've seen (gave it 10, though). I had the sensation that I was witnessing somebody die - and like Selma in the movie, I just begged for another musical-show to begin... I couldn't stand it. Everything is so tormenting and you just need that last (but not last!?) dance... Bjork is stunning as Selma, and the music she has composed blew me away. Even though this is perhaps the movie that has left the strongest impression with me ever, I don't know when I will be able watch it again.


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