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dancer in the darkI cried and cried and cried when I saw this movie, and it was in a public movie theater which made me feel especially vulnerable, but what else could I expect from Lars Von Trier, a director notorious for his brutal subject matter and infamous manipulation of both his actors and his viewers.

Any movie that ends in an unjust hanging is pretty tough stuff, but the aching unfairness that leads to this is some of the most difficult yet stunning stuff put to film. The cinematography is almost unreal, especially when you consider the entire film was shot on hand held video cameras. There is also some lovely music and dancing.

Yes, diverging from what is expected and safe, Von Trier presents this hopelessly bleak story as a musical – but it works. I don't think I could handle watching this again, but I highly recommend this haunting and anguishing film. Just make sure you have a box of tissues and a plan to do something to take your mind off of it after viewing.

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Posted on December 18, 2006

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