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Year: 2000
USA: Fine Line Features
UK: FilmFour
Cast: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Joel Grey, Vincent Paterson, Cara Seymour, Jean-Marc Barr, Vladica Kostic, Udo Kier, Zeljko Ivanek, Stellan Skarsgård, Siobhan Fallon, Sean-Michael Smith
Director: Lars von Trier
Countries: France / Sweden / Denmark
USA: 141 mins
UK: 140 mins
USA Rated: R for some violence
UK Certificate: 15 for some emotionally harrowing scenes of violence and horror
USA Release Date: 6 October 2000
USA Release Date: 23 September 2000 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 15 September 2000


Selma (Bjork) is a Czech immigrant and single mother working in a factory in rural America. Her salvation is her passion for music especially the all-singing, all-dancing routines found in classic Hollywood musicals. She is also taking part in an amateur drama production of the 'Sound of Music' with her friend Kathy (Catherine Deneuve). But Selma harbours a sad secret, she is losing her sight and her 10 year old son Gene (Vladica Kostic) stands to suffer the same fate if she can't put enough money away to secure an operation for him. When a desperate neighbour Bill (David Morse) falsely accuses Selma of stealing his savings the drama of her life escalates to a magnificent and tragic finale. Bjork has also released an album SELMA'S SONGS - the OST to the movie.

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