Biopic just makes too many false moves
JUST over a century ago, Loie Fuller was considered a revolutionary and highly influential figure in the world of dance. These days, she is all but forgotten.
This well-intentioned yet wonky biopic is looking to rectify the grievous oversight, but botches the job at crucial junctures.
French indie music star Soko (best known in Englishspeaking circles as a recent ex of Twilight star Kristen Stewart) has the role of Fuller, who navigated a remarkably roundabout route to fame and fortune.
What a trip it was: hauling herself from obscurity in the backblocks of the American west to the bright lights of Paris and a headline slot at the Folies Bergere.
The only trouble is, much of what the movie says transpired along the way did not actually happen at all.
With so much of the narrative focus centred on a fictitious relationship and bitter rivalry with another US-born diva of dance, Isadora Duncan (Lily-Rose Depp), the true motives of this production seem loftily muddled and misguided.
The Dancer is now showing at the State Cinema. Rating: