Why I love ‘Dancer In The Dark’.

Lars Von Trier’s Dancer In The Dark is one my favourite films. I’ve only seen it twice however Dancer In The Dark is one of them films that are so beautiful but so tragic that you’ll only want to watch it once and probably you’ll not want to see it again till a significant time has passed. If you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend you to watch it before reading this. It stars Bjork which I absolutely adore. The story is about about a woman who is going blind and is trying to save money for her child to have an eye surgery because he shares the same genetic condition as her.

Dancer In The Dark is a musical drama where the protagonist (Selma) has an obsession with musicals. Every time something tragic happens to her or she’s in an uncomfortable situation, she turns the whole situation into a happy jolly musical inside her head. The first element of the film I adore is an unusual aspect and that is the lighting.


In this scene she is in court for allegedly murdering her neighbour which was actually in self-defence. The scene is not fully lit and the colouring is rather cold which makes the overall scene rather gloomy which represents the hard tragic reality Selma is into, facing the death penalty. So the audience is affected by this rather sad scene and the overall lighting represents that sort of mood. It’s cold-ish and dark.


Eventually Selma turns the whole scene into a cheery and jolly musical inside her head and the lighting and colouring of the scene changes. The colours and the lighting become brighter and warmer. The highlights stand out more. This is not only just done to represent that she is imagining this but to also brighten the mood of the scene. It creates a mood contrast if compared to the shots that represent her cold reality. Overall this change of colour and lighting brightens the mood of the whole scene.

What also makes Dancer In The Dark great is the editing and the cinematography. Lars Von Trier likes to film in a documentary style fashion, a lot of the times the camera is handheld. He believes the camera itself is an actor as well. He likes his actors/actresses to just read the script and just go straight into acting and then the camera is there to spontaneously film and react with what’s happening.

The camera operator is nor aware of how the actors/actresses are going to react hence it makes the action itself more real. The whole film itself multiplies all the emotions that Lars wants the audience to feel. By also filming handheld, it gives the actors more space to act and it gives the whole film a theatrical effect.

Just like documentaries seem real because the camera spontaneously reacts to what’s happening with real life people, Lars tries to do that with the camera. The camera is acting as well as I mentioned. Some of the cuts as well sometimes feel like continuity errors however they help to focus at the emotions of the characters.

Lars completely ignores time and space and focuses on facial expressions and body movement. An actor might be talking and he would cut in the middle of the conversation and the actor/actress would be positioned a little bit differently but with a different facial expression which significantly helps with character development.

Because of Lars filming style the ending itself is so disturbing to watch. It almost feels as you’re there watching Selma having a breakdown because she’s about to be hanged. I myself struggled to watch  the ending because of how emotionally overwhelming it is.

I must say when a film is featured at Cannes Film Festival it’s always worth it. Bjork won the Prix d’interprétation féminine (best actress award) which combined with Lars style of filming and the overall final edit of the film, this film to me is and it will always be a 5/5.


SJWs can be left and right wing.

There are times where you can like and admire a political or even non-political figure and not always agree on absolutely everything they say but it seems like a lot of the followers blindly follow 100% of what they say without any independent thought.

Milo Yianopoulos said that the left politics are based on emotion and not logic and yes that can be definitely true but a lot of the followers seem like once you bother to make a counter argument they get triggered like the ordinary SJWs but in a non-pc way where they shout insults without having a civilised argument. They also make points/posts based to spark emotion to agree with them and not logic which is what the left usually do. Using emotion to make a point instead of logic is not very mature in my opinion.

What I like about the right and Milo is that they can sit and use logic and counter an argument while the left go mad and shout insults because they were triggered but some of the right can do the same because some and I’ll emphasise ‘some’ are what I call right wing politically correct.

If you argue against something that Milo said, you just get insults from some of his supporters back without a counter-argument of what you said. I do not think Milo would be that way though, just his followers. Seems like there can be a lot of irony in this whole SJW debate.

I blame the regressive left for this because of their ridiculousness, people have to hate everything they say to the point where it leaves no room for moderation in an argument. For example if you don’t agree police officers should shoot the unarmed and those without a deadly weapon, you are instantly hated upon and be made to support the ridiculous black lives matter movement, when in fact you don’t.

I’ve seen videos where police officers have shot unarmed mentally unstable people and I thought to myself they didn’t use reasonable force partly because there isn’t enough training on physical restrain and partly because there aren’t enough officers on the scene. I compare that to how effective the police is here with unarmed individuals.

I have those opinions but they seem to trigger the very people that I probably share the same opinions on SJW and triggered culture. No need to get triggered and start insulting me because I don’t have the same opinions as you. I would just rather have you telling me why you disagree with me and so on. But they are entitled to their insults and I endorse free speech even if it includes (drink bleach).

SJWs can be both left and right wing because authoritarianism can exist on both sides.