Wow. This is an intense movie. From documentaries I’ve seen on dance, it looks very true to the incredible
pain, rigor and emotionally demanding world of professional ballet. The social and political aspects appear to worse than the physicality, which is plenty overwhelming.
Two young dancers end up as roommates. One is the recipient of a scholarship. The other is the sister of the deceased dancer for whom the scholarship was created. Her parents: Mom’s the American Ambassador to France and Dad’s a nut milk mogul. Her roommate’s father? He pours concrete in a small town in Virginia.
They have a difficult relationship with each other and the director of the ballet school, played brilliantly by Jacqueline Bisset. They’re not the only students with issues but it’s not overly dramatic. The emotional turmoil, angst and struggling rings true in this film.
Lots of dancing to enjoy along with some unusual photography and a broad range of music. Altho’ the setting for the story is Paris, you won’t be getting a tour of the city. Dance floors, stages, wealthy patrons, a strange club and the school are the bulk of the locations.
Character development is fair for an almost 2 hour movie. Unless you know French, the closed captioning will help with translating all the French conversations. Some can be intuited but there’s a lot that’s fast moving and too important to the storyline to miss.
It’s too bad there are sexual situations that are a bit too much for 12-14 year olds because this could be a good film for those considering a professional career in dance. Amazon has it rated 16+ but even at that, the 16’s should be mature. The relationships get manipulative and adult, drugs are involved and there’s some really horrendous adults.
For grownups, this is a good choice if you enjoy films with an artistic flare, good storyline and something different from the usual fluff or filth🍿