BAL­LE­RINA

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - SC

OUT NOW / CERT U / 89 MINS Eric Sum­mer, éric Warin DI­REC­TORS Elle Fan­ning, Dane Dehaan, CAST Mad­die Ziegler

FRANCE, 1879. ES­CAP­ING ru­ral brit­tany, a bal­let-ob­sessed or­phan steals a stu­dent’s place at paris’ grand Opera House. Can she bag a part in The Nutcracker be­fore she’s rum­bled? Imag­ine The Karate Kid with grand jetés and you’ve got this vi­va­cious French-cana­dian car­toon, and its tar­get au­di­ence of bal­let-mad lit­tle girls will find ev­ery­thing on pointe: the an­i­ma­tion’s burst­ing with char­ac­ter and the danc­ing, cre­ated by bal­let star Aurélie Dupont, spins off the screen. The fairy-tale story is con­sid­er­ably less ad­ven­tur­ous, but it’s re­fresh­ing to see a Cg toon that’s 100 per cent crit­ter-free and with an hon­est mes­sage: if you’re go­ing to chase your dreams, be ready to graft for it. Dane Dehaan voices a fart­ing in­ven­tor.

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