DVD - 2018 | French | Widescreen version
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A young girl studies classical ballet. As a young woman she turns to modern dance and choreography.
Publisher: [Brooklyn, NY] : Oscilloscope Laboratories, [2018]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD P WORLD (FRENCH)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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'Polina' is the opposite of the romanticized version of a dancer's life. Instead, we see the grueling work in the studio with exacting teachers, the exhaustion at the end of the day, the expectations and disappointments. Polina, classically trained but frustrated, finds herself drawn to modern da... Read More »

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JCLAngelicaR Feb 25, 2019

A moving and thought provoking coming-of-age story of a Russian ballerina who falls in love with contemporary dance only to realize that her heart longs for choreography of her own creation. An aspiring artist at heart, Polina fearlessly starts her journey of self-discovery and adulthood. While learning her first lessons, she is growing into a stunning, original artist. Besides the compelling story, the film is a visual delight brimming with beautiful choreography and sprawling through three countries: Russia, France and Belgium.

Jan 11, 2019

The most satisfying dance film since The Red Shoes.

This is the mercifully understated coming of age story of a great classical dancer/choreographer, uncomplaining, unappreciated especially by self, who is predictably, deservedly rescued at all the right places by all the right rescuers as in all the great ballets. Juliette Binoche, who enjoyed roles in most of the good French films of the last few decades, appears as the great teacher lighting the artist's path to self-discovery.

The Russians are respectfully given their due as the penultimate dancers of the world. Nice because it's true: They are better and they've been better for a long, long time.

It's always surprising how much criticism/how little satisfaction dancers endure along with the injuries. Don't look at that dreadful toenail! Thank goodness there are lunatics willing to compete for the privilege of such punishment. I feel truly sorry for anyone who is unmoved by dance especially dance created by Angelin Preljocaj on whose story the film is loosely based, though filmmakers wisely made the protagonist an attractive young woman.

I hope the library will purchase most if not all of the Preljocaj DVD collection, at least his signature piece, Romeo and Juliet, a game changer in contemporary choreography. Vancouver and West Vancouver libraries used to have a copy.

It's probably not coincidental that Preljocaj built his career in the South of France, where the legendary Roland Petit set up shop years ago, developing then radical new moves that took the classical dance world by storm. Our own Karen Kain when she found her career in Canada languishing, biffed famously off to Aix en Provence, where Petit immediately cast her as Carmen, the role his wife, Zizi Jeanmaire, immortalized in the film, Black Tights.

Dec 02, 2018

Beautiful and touching film. The dancing is superb. Highly recommend.

Nov 18, 2018

Really well done. Recommend this.

May 29, 2018

If you're into the arts ...then this is a fine little behind-the-scene view of what it takes to become a dancer...a surprisingly good little film.

May 27, 2018

Fascinating story about a Russian dancer who risks everything and comes into her own. There is lots of dancing in this.

May 18, 2018

Tedious. The dancer playing Polina cannot act. Has "brooding melancholy pout" 90% of the time. Happy smile 5% of the time. Overly long shots of everything - of hallways, of people walking, of people being sad. The dance sequences are interesting -- at first but there is too little dialogue linking them to make a coherent movie. The repetitive, and very long -- and repetitive -- rehearsal sequences may interest those who love modern dance.

Apr 09, 2018

Based on book by Vivès Bastien? An unsentimental and wonderful dance film that makes La la Land look/feel like a piece of old chewing gum. Newcomer Anastasia Shevtsova is totally believable in her career arc from Bolshoi to contemporary to improv, then becoming her own choreographer; and she speaks French! A very good cast of young actors/dancers. Juliette Binoche plays an important role as the girl's dance coach in Aix-en-Provence. Clever editing that makes the audience want to see more. Handsome cinematography.

I'll keep it short and simple for now. This was a fine little gem. It's great to follow the main character as she finds herself both personally and creatively from a young age to adulthood. We see her interact with her family, friends, instructors and mentors as she works to find her place in this world. The acting is good and the story is compelling so if you like dance and take inspiration from it then it's worth a watch. Enjoy the performances, creativity and emotion on display. Nicely done.


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