Dancer in the Dark
Produced by AV-Fund Norway, Arte France Cinéma,
and the Danish Film Institute
Directed and written by Lars von Frier
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Produced by Battleground Productions
Directed and written by Rod Lurie
Distributed by DreamWorks Distribution
Best in Show
Produced by Castle Rock Entertainment
Directed by Christopher Guest
Screenplay by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Like God and the Devil, films reveal themselves in the details. Pluck a scene at random, examine it closely, and you'll be able to forecast the rest of the movie's merit with remarkable accuracy.
Take director Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark. It tells the tale of Selma (Bjork, the Icelandic singing star) who is suffering from an eye disease that will leave her blind. She has emigrated from Czechoslovakia to a small town in Washington at the end of the 1950's, hoping to retain the services of a local ophthalmological specialist for her 11-year-old son, who has inherited her affliction. She's sure he can be saved from her fate by a timely operation. (Why this procedure should work for him but not her is left wholly unexplained, as is the nature of the disease itself) To pay for the...