Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dancer in the Dark (2000): review- 4/10

Bjork plays a Czech immigrant who is going blind from a congenital disorder. She works in a factory and saves her money to pay for an operation for her son, to prevent him too from going blind. When her landlord tries to steal this money she kills him: she is subsequently found guilty of murder and hung.

The film includes various songs, written and performed by Bjork, and is essentially an anti-capital punishment film.

The film is a mish-mash, featuring shaky camera work, improvised acting, questionable singing, sketchy dancing and a strange limping pace.
At times all this is touching; at others, it is just amateurish. It is also rather too long.

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