Sunday, January 23, 2011
212. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
This isn't the last song, there's no violin, the choir is quiet, and no one takes a spin, this is the next to last song, and that's all...
This is what happens when you combine the eclectic musical wizadry of Bjork with the raw, unabashed movie-making talent of Lars von Trier. Both artists exist on the fringes of their craft and, when they combined, the more mainstream of their talents shown through. Bjork's sweet singing balances von Trier's harsh story and von Trier's methodical direction balances Bjork's random anti-pop vocalizations. The result is a film that is truly unique. I can honestly say that there is no other movie in existence that is anything like this dark, sweet musical tearjerker. There will probably never be a movie like it either because, even after multiple nominations for her performance in the movie, Bjork claimed that she would never act again because the experience was too painful.