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Polina

 

108 minutes · 2016

Drama
A Russian ballerina in training rebels by running off to France with her boyfriend and trying on different forms of modern dance in this documentary-style drama about learning to move to one's own beat. The title character (real-life dancer Anastasia Shevtsova) has the talent required, but the rigorous art form constricts her inner wildness. She struggles at her new modern dance school in Europe as well, clashing with a flinty instructor (Juliette Binoche) and with her boyfriend as her dance partner. Based on a graphic novel, the film is a fine example of visual storytelling: codirectors Valérie Müller and the French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj frequently opt for long, evocative dance sequences over dialogue to illustrate the protagonist's circuitous journey. In Russian and French with subtitles.

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