DANCER IN THE DARK (2000)
Directed by Lars von Trier
Shaming He, Film Director, Adjunct lecturer,
Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of the Arts:
When I was in secondary school, going to the movies after exams with my friends was a ritual. I was a Björk fan and convinced my friends to watch Dancer in the Dark, which was her debut starring role. When the film ended, I remember sitting in the theatre feeling absolutely numb about what I had just experienced. You know how a child experiences something, like an emotion, for the first time? It felt that way, and there was something exhilarating about that. From there, I started expanding my taste in films. I got interested in cinema’s ability to challenge, ask questions, and encourage discourse.
WHO SHOULD WATCH IT When I did a film therapist stint at The Substation, I recommended the movie to a mother who enjoys musicals because it offers a form of escape for her. I wanted her to look at musicals differently.