Single mother Selma works two different jobs and scrapes by, in order to save enough money to give her son an eye operation that will save the deteriorating sight that she suffers. But when her landlord tries to steal her money, a tragedy unfolds.
The storyline may be pure melodrama, but Bjork's performance and Von Trier's off-kilter direction turn it in to real tragedy. Haunting and beautiful.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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