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If I was to reduce my description of "Dancer in the dark" to one word, it would be daring. Its immediate effect on me was stronger than that of maybe any other film I've ever seen. It shook me, stirred my emotions, made me think and reflect, it disturbed me in the most positive sense of the word and it still does. Its radical make, boldness and consistency exceeds all expectations and probably everything that's come before. This is the perfect example of a director's vision uncompromisingly realized.

To be fair, I have to say that "Dancer in the dark" is one of those films that people either deeply admire and love or hate and find ridiculous. If you belong to the latter category, nothing I write will make you rethink your opinion, due to the picture's polarizing and radical contents and direction. But if you feel the way I do, it's more than just a film. It's an experience.

This isn't a movie you could ever label, it's not a movie you could ever judge by its cover. Beneath that rough exterior is a movie that reaches out to you, and shows you what is true and shows you what is real. This movie you could say is dark, you could say it's enlightening, but I hate to label something that passes beyond typical labels. Most movies have some background or history in another, but this movie holds no bases, it's a pure story of truth. This is not a movie you've seen before, not a type of movie you'll probably ever see again, and not a type of movie that you'll watch ever again. Yes I said it, you'll watch it once, and that'll be it. The movie is so much like life that it comes and goes through yours, and once its gone, you realize that you've got one in front of you.

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...e body is about to cry and it hits you right in eyes and you can't help but be taken in by the story. "Dancer In The Dark" is one of those unsung masterpieces of cinema that you have to view with an open mind. The concept sounds stupefying but it is pulled of in such a way that the final scene is filled with such raw power and emotion that it will leave you numb, cold and completely and utterly useless. This film uses the viewer like nothing you have ever seen. All of the cynics should take heed of Von Trier's style and commitment to pursuing human truth. If you want something different then you must see this film as it will challenge you to hold back your emotions and maybe even use them. It is a work of genius. Nothing short of a masterpiece. If you have not seen this movie try to see it for the light this dancer in the dark can shine on your blindness, so to speak.


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