1960’s: A daydreaming young woman suffers from a degenerative eye condition, causing her to gradually lose her eyesight. She saves her small factory worker wage in order to prevent her son from suffering the same fate. An outstanding drama film with musical elements.
Filmed in handheld, in a Dogme 95 manner. A very non-conformist and bold exercise in cinematic language from Danish auteur Lars von Trier.
Icelandic pop singer Björk plays the role of Selma, a young, absent-minded and dreamy mother that recently immigrated to the US from Czechoslovakia. She won the Best Actress award in Cannes, where the film also won the Palme D’Or.
Björk wrote all of the musical pieces in the film. It was her original attachment to the film, before being convinced by Von Trier to play the lead role as an actress.
The third film in the director’s “Golden Heart Trilogy”, with Breaking the Waves (1996) and The Idiots (1998).