Prima Ballerina (2009)

Prima Ballerina



Critic Consensus: A straightforward documentary about five Russian ballerinas, Bertrand Normand's Ballerina is enlivened by a fairy-tale sensibility.

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In the grand tradition of the Ballet Russes comes Bertrand Normand's portrait of five Russian ballerinas from theMariinski Theatre, formerly known as the Kirov. Behind any great ballerina lies the discipline and rigour thatcomes from decades of training and practice; and Russia's pre-eminent dancers -- superstars such as Nijinsky,Baryshnikov and Pavlova -- established the reputation of Russian dancers as the best in the world. The dancersprofiled in Ballerina are uniquely individual -- tough, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Special Interest
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Written By: Bertrand Normand
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On DVD: Dec 8, 2009
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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12)

Dance aficionados will be sent over the moon by this compelling documentary from director Bertrand Norman, chronicling what it takes to be a prima ballerina in the Mariinski Theatre.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Chicago Tribune
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As dazzling as they can be in performance, the ballerinas are even more breathtaking when a camera catches them alone in the shadows, dancing only for themselves.

Full Review… | April 30, 2009
Boston Globe
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The movie is an admirable look into the venerable St. Petersburg company and how dancers thrive or just survive in the physically challenging world of dance.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
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A jewel of a documentary.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Washington Post
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Such a brief glimpse into these women's lives and art whets the appetite for more; alas, Ballerina ends far too quickly, leaving only their willowy shadows behind.

Full Review… | February 26, 2009
Seattle Times
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Ballerina will be of interest mostly to balletomanes, but even folks who don't know their right foot from their left will find inspiration in the lives of these devoted dancers. Besides, who isn't moved by Swan Lake?

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
New York Post
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