R | | Crime, Drama, Musical
An East European girl travels to the United States with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.
The genetic eye conditions that afflict Selma and her son Gene are never explained in the film, leading to some viewers to believe that their conditions are fictitious. There are actually some hereditary disorders in real life that cause blindness, such as glaucoma and genes involved in macular degeneration. There are also genes that cause retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease of the retina that causes night blindness and gradual vision loss.
She said Communism was - better for human beings.
District Attorney: She had nothing but contempt for our great country and it's principals.
Norman: Apart from it's musicals! She said the American one - the American ones were better.
District Attorney: So, the defendant preferred Hollywood to ...
In the final scene, Selma's hair falls in front of her face when the hood is taken off. In the next shot, it's been brushed back, which she couldn't have done because her hands were tied.
The film originally contained a song entitled "141 Steps"; however, after the Cannes premiere, director Lars von Trier decided to shorten it, and the song was subsequently reworked and retitled "107 Steps."
English, German, Czech
$91,612 24 September 2000