The moment Bjork opens her little mouth to belt out her first big number, it's clear she and director Lars von Trier have managed to defibrillate the moribund movie musical; bursting into song again seems like a viable means of expression. That's the film's greatest
achievement, aside from Bjork's astonishing performance; otherwise, it's a reworking of von Trier's BREAKING THE WAVES, complete with the guilt-ridden, child-like heroine doomed to suffer an unreasonably harsh fate. With her thick glasses, stringy hair and face that's all dimples when she smiles,
Selma Jezkova (Bjork) is a Czech immigrant with a passion for musicals. A single mother, Selma and her son G...