OUT NOW / RATED M / 112 MINS DIRECTOR Stéphanie Di Giusto CAST Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry
AS LOOSELY BASED on the life of trendsetting dancer Louie Fuller as is cinematically possible, The Dancer is a gorgeous-looking 19th century epic that may as well have been cooked up by Roche as a more potent alternative to Valium. After Fuller’s (Soko) father kicks the bucket, she leaves the Wild West and bunks up in New York with her mother, then saves herself from an inelegant stumble while dabbling in stage acting and accidentally invents the now-classic ‘Serpentine Dance’. That’s the most captivating sequence of events in this excruciatingly lifeless biopic, after which you’re forced to sit through 112 minutes of allegedly poignant shenanigans overcompensated by an overblown orchestral score. If you’re a fan of stilted acting, on-the-nose dialogue, porous motivations, and a whole lot of spot-lit twirling, then don’t miss The Dancer.