Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - DP

OUT NOW / CERT PG / 110 MINS DI­REC­TORS Thierry De­maiz­ière, Al­ban Teurlai CAST Ben­jamin Millepied, Nico Muhly, Vir­ginia Gris, Le­tizia Gal­loni

DE­SIGNED TO PRESENT a back­stage ac­count of Black Swan star Ben­jamin Millepied’s first orig­i­nal work as dance di­rec­tor of the Paris Opera Bal­let, this is a su­per­fi­cial doc­u­men­tary that says more about its mak­ers than its sub­ject. for­ever pur­su­ing crises and con­flicts with cre­ative, ad­min­is­tra­tive and tech­ni­cal staff that sim­ply never ma­te­ri­alise, the co-di­rec­tors waste their ac­cess to Millepied by re­duc­ing his re­hearsal ses­sions to frag­mented mon­tages that fail to cap­ture the en­ergy of the dance or its nar­ra­tive or the­matic sig­nif­i­cance. Clut­ter­ing the screen with cap­tions and im­pos­ing a count­down that gen­er­ates no sus­pense what­so­ever, this is a pale im­i­ta­tion of fred­er­ick Wiseman’s La Danse.

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