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Polina, danser sa vie (2016)

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A young girl studies classical ballet. As a young woman she turns to modern dance and choreography.

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(screenplay), (book) (as Bastien Vivès)

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Anastasia Shevtsova ...
Veronika Zhovnytska ...
Polina (8 ans)
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Adrien
Jeremie Belingard ...
Karl
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Anton
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Natalia
Sergio Díaz ...
Sergio
Oriana Jimenez ...
Svetlana
Ambroise Divaret ...
Alex
Yana Maizel ...
Assistante Bojinski
Irina Vavilova ...
Anna Alexandrovna
Léna Gousseva ...
Employée Bojinski
Gennadiy Fomin ...
Eldar
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SPOILER: A young girl from a modest Russian family studies classical ballet. After many difficulties, she succeeds as a young woman to enter the prestigious Bolchoi. However she turns to modern dance, then improvisation, then choreography. The movie includes beautiful dances from acclaimed choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. Written by Teyss

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Drama

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12 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

16 November 2016 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Polina  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$165,203, 26 October 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Anastasia Shevtsova is a talented dancer: she was part of the renowned Vaganova Academy in Saint Petersburg before shooting the movie, and was afterwards admitted in the famous Mariinsky ballet, also in Saint Petersburg. Originally from a classical background, she practiced modern dance for as long as six months for the movie. See more »

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Concerto for violin and orchestra
Music by Philip Glass
Violin by Adele Anthony
Ulster Orchestra
Conducted by T. Yuada
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Dance Film - A Challenge
5 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

It is difficult to create an acted dance film with mostly unedited performances; choreography; rehearsal; practices; auditions. A joint Russian - French production that auditioned hundreds for the roles and they chose well. The storyline is in part about the sacrifice by families and dancers to get to the highest level. Also, the search for one's self as our lead explores different dance genres. Of course since it's a film that part is somewhat dramatized, but not excessively offtrack. I think what the film misses most is the pain of six plus hours a day practices - the sprained ankles; torn muscles; bleeding feet; the weary exhaustion.


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