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DANCER IN THE DARK
March 4, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
“In an era dominated by irony and cynicism, it’s both startling and invigorating to see a movie—particularly an “art movie”—that tugs so relentlessly and violently at the viewer’s heartstrings. Some will no doubt rebel. My advice: Surrender yourself.” – Time out New York
“It smashes down the walls of habit that surround so many movies. It returns to the wellsprings. It is a bold, reckless gesture.” – Roger Ebert
“It demands to be seen, and though you might detest it, at least you’ll exit the theater with the bruised sense of having seen something memorable.” – Michael Atkinson
Selma (Björk, in her only acting role) is a Czech immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural America. Her salvation is passion for music, specifically, the all-singing, all-dancing numbers found in classic Hollywood musicals. Selma harbors a sad secret: she is losing her eyesight and her son Gene stands to suffer the same fate if she can’t put away enough money to secure him an operation. When a desperate neighbor falsely accuses Selma of stealing his savings, the drama of her life escalates to a tragic finale.
Dir. Lars von Trier. 2000. 141 min.
Stick around after the film! Redeem your ticket at the bar for $2 off any drink.