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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: dancing in the dark

Björk! From my review of Dancer in the Dark:

In almost fairy-tale fashion, Selma’s life is turned upside down by a dispute with Bill, from which she seems to think she has no escape and no recourse for the wrong done her. It is obvious to the audience, though, that a word here or there to the right person, were Selma not so exasperatingly passive, might have extricated her from the disaster that follows. Selma’s quiescence is not Björk’s fault, but how often can it be said that a film’s central character is one of its biggest faults while the performance of that same character is one of the best things to recommend it?

review of Dancer in the Dark, posted 09.23.00

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