THE CIR­CUS DY­NASTY

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(An­ders Riis-Hansen, Den­mark). 93 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNNN The big top con­tains some big drama in this en­ter­tain­ing look at two fa­mous Euro­pean cir­cus fam­i­lies who’ve staked their fu­tures on their two at­trac­tive chil­dren.

Mer­rylu Cas­selly and Pa­trick Berdino grew up hat­ing each other but then sud­denly fell in love, win­ning pres­ti­gious awards with their jaw- drop­ping ac­ro­batic duets, all the while snog­ging back­stage. When a rift ap­pears, the fam­i­lies re­assess their des­tinies. Af­ter all, Cas­selly pa­tri­arch René, whom the cam­era adores, has been field­ing of­fers from Amer­ica.

Bal­anced, ex­pertly struc­tured and filled with home movie footage that pro­vides fas­ci­nat­ing back­story (also love Jonas Col­strup’s evoca­tive score), The Cir­cus Dy­nasty pro­vides a thrilling look at a bizarre sub­cul­ture where peo­ple have in­cred­i­bly flex­i­ble bod­ies and know how to get ele­phants to shit on cue, but can’t al­ways ex­press them­selves ver­bally.

Apr 25, 6: 30 pm, TIFF 3; Apr 26, 1 pm, Is­abel Bader; May 1, 4 pm, Is­abel Bader

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