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Lars Von Trier (Antichrist) became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence. Emily Watson (Punch-Drunk Love) stuns in an Oscar-nominated performance, as Bess - a simple, pious newlywed in a tiny Scottish village who gives herself up to a shocking form of martyrdom after her husband (Insomnia’s Stellan Skarsgård) is paralyzed in an oil-rig accident.
Set in an unmercifully rugged, coastal village in Scotland in the 1970s, this extraordinary film by Lars von Trier stars British actress Emily Watson as a barely contained naive named Bess, who holds regular conversations with God and whose pure and intensely personal faith is hardly tolerated by the gruesome Calvinist elders of her church. Bess marries an oil-rig worker (Stellan Skarsgard) and comes to believe that erotic discovery is a part of God's grand plan. But after her spouse is hurt in an accident, she decides that divine instruction is leading her toward the life of a prostitute--with disastrous but somehow beautiful results. Von Trier (The Kingdom) has made a wonderful, entirely unexpected, and rigorous work of discovery in this film, with a formal visual design that recalls classic films by Carl Theodor Dreyer and Robert Bresson. Watson is a phenomenon, her wide-eyed wonder at the world as God's handiwork a breathtaking portrayal of conviction. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Very gripping and persuasively acted. The girl's fervent conversations with herself, in which she plays the part of God, show the director's psychological insight. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2007 by Glen Koehn
Yes all devout Christians beware this film it may well shatter your illusions, throw another book on the pyre. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2004 by craig barrow
This film does NOT endorse what it depicts. Obviously, the memebers of the church are misguided, in fact a great deal of the film points that out. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Nicholas F. Farina
I loved dancer in the dark. I found it to be one of the saddest, most beautiful films that i have ever seen. This led me to search out other films by Lars Von Treir. Read morePublished on June 11 2004
The subject of this daringly emotional movie is faith, and it demands to be taken on. Von Trier's blurb on the DVD has him suggesting that this was a simple love story, but it... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Nearly Nubile
Child-like, devout, not quite right in the head, Bess gets married to Jan and is immensely happy. When he has to return to the oil rig where he works, she is devastated and prays... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by snalen
My first experience with Lars Von Trier was Dancer in the Dark which was intentionaly lacking in production values and minimalist acting. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Robin McDonald
this film is terrible. the camera movement is jerky and stuff. what up wit dat? yo, this movie is whack!
also, what's up wit da bells? man, I didn't understand dat at all. Read more