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A staggeringly intense emotional rollercoaster,
This review is from: Dancer In The Dark [DVD]  (DVD)
I've never been affected like this by a film ever before. I was completely floored by this remarkable film. I was knocked-out by Bjork's quite staggering performance; the acting alone is stunning but when you add the fine music and clever, sentimental and entertaining musical (as in genre) interludes (all written by Bjork herself), it's even more impressive. There are some chilling moments where your heart breaks for Selma, as she is dead-ended into awful situations and in a moment realises the implications of her actions. These scenes are quite fightening and unsetttling in terms of Bjork's portrayal of her now desolate, broken character. I've never watched any film so intensely hard-hitting on an emotional level and so impossible to detatch from reality. Just when you think you can keep a lid on your emotions, the last few scenes come along with some real shocks and surprises. I'm not sure "enjoyment" is the right word for watching this, but it's one hell of an experience. Superb performances also from the Catherine Deneuve, and the young lad playing Selma's son. This is literally a breathtaking film and one would have to be as hard as granite not to be affected by it. If you're emotionally soft, be warned. You'll be floored just like I was.