AF­TER CIR­CUS

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( Viveka Melki, Canada). 78 min­utes. Rat­ing: NN The idea of what hap­pens to cir­cus per­form­ers af­ter they step off their ca­reer on the high wires is rich with po­ten­tial, but di­rec­tor Viveka Melki doesn’t know what to do with it.

Sara­sota, Florida, is home to a tightly knit com­mu­nity of re­tired and ag­ing big top per­form­ers, in­clud­ing aeri­al­ist Dolly

Ja­cobs, now in her 50s and di­a­betic, who teaches and still oc­ca­sion­ally per­forms in Cir­cus Sara­sota with an­other res­i­dent, the mus­cle-bound Rafael Pala­cios.

De­spite the oc­ca­sional de­light, like see­ing a 93-year-old woman stretch her leg above her head, the film is ram­bling and shape­less. There’s not enough footage of the artists in their prime to pro­vide con­text, and it all ends in a lack­lus­tre per­for­mance se­quence. GS Apr 29, 9:15 pm, TIFF 3; May 1, 1:15 pm, Sco­tia­bank 3; May 7, 1 pm, Sco­tia­bank 13

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