Dancer in the Dark Trailer & Clips


Dancer in the Dark full movie is released on Oct 06, 2000. Watch Dancer in the Dark online - the Czech Crime movie from Denmark , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $40,061,153. Dancer in the Dark is directed by Lars von Trier and created by Lars von Trier with Björk and Catherine Deneuve. Dancer in the Dark is available online on Kanopy and Apple iTunes.

In small-town Washington state in 1964, Czechoslovakian immigrant Selma Jezková and her preteen son Gene live in a rented trailer owned by Bill and Linda Houston; Bill is the town sheriff. Selma also has a small group of friends, including her co-worker and primary confidante Kathy, and Jeff, who wants to be her boyfriend. Jeff regularly waits outside Selma's workplace to drive her home, although she always refuses, not wishing to lead him on. Her primary job is working on the Anderson Tool factory assembly line, but she does whatever else she can to earn money. What only Kathy knows among Selma's friends is that she is slowly going blind from a genetic medical condition. She can see just enough to be able to do her job. Her primary reason for moving to the USA and working all the time is to earn enough money for an operation for Gene when he turns 13; he knows nothing about his mother's or his own degenerative eyesight. Selma allows only one indulgence in her life: anything to do with musicals which she loves, because they're an escape from her bleak life. Kathy often takes her to the cinema to watch old musicals and must describe to her what's happening on the screen, to the other patrons' annoyance. Selma also has the role of Maria in a community-theatre production of "The Sound of Music." Close to having enough money for the operation, Selma races against time before she loses enough sight to lose her job and her role in the musical. What may also threaten Selma's goal of the operation for Gene is some financial problems facing Bill, who feels pressured to provide Linda with the comforts of life to which she's accustomed.

As know as:

Dejotāja Tumsā, Raghsandeh dar tariki, ダンサー・イン・ザ・ダーク, Tańcząc w ciemnościach, Плес у тами

Release Date:

Oct 06, 2000

Release Date (Streaming):

Mar 20, 2001


Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, United States, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway


Czech, English, German

Stream Service:

Fine Line Features

Production Companies:

Zentropa Entertainments, Trust Film Svenska, Film i Väst

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Gross worldwide:



You don't need eyes to see., In a world of shadows, she found the light of life.


David Ansen
Dancer is like no other movie around. Shot in bleached-out video colors in rough, hand-held style, the film is at once aggressively modern and deliberately, melodramatically, old-fashioned.
by rottentomatoes, Mar 07, 2018
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
by rottentomatoes, Sep 07, 2011
Peter Matthews
Sight & Sound
The situations that writer-director Lars von Trier serves up here might be embarrassingly florid, but the coupling of his manipulative skills and Björk's showy intensity results in a movie with the force of an emotional bulldozer.
by rottentomatoes, Dec 02, 2002

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