Bonke and Keofoed have crafted a compelling portrait that asks questions about the nature and inherent dangers of competition, ambition, sacrifice and commitment both on and off the dance floor.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Danish filmmakers Bonke and Koefoed keep their cameras so intimate that this movie feels more like an intensely emotional drama than a documentary.
It's about trying to act with grace under pressure, about experiencing the acrid taste of failure and knowing you'll never again be visited by that heady adrenaline rush of success.
As we witness the rehearsals, the recriminations and the disintegration of their relationship we gain a real sense of the high personal cost for those in pursuit of perfection.
A portrait of the artist as a highly strung man.
| Original Score: 4/5
A shrewd, pointed character study.
| Original Score: 3/5
It is totally riveting, like watching Torvill and Dean do Strindberg.
Strictly compelling viewing.
An insightful portrait of the problems of falling from grace and working with your lover, even if the editing may throw more shade on Kryklyvyy than he deserves.
Anybody hoping for glamour will be disappointed: this is an icily dispassionate portrait of grinding routine in the pursuit of perfectionism.
More gripping than a Michael Vaughan foxtrot, this is the perfect docu-thriller for the Strictly aficionado.
Offers fascinating insights into the former World Latin Dance champion and his relationship with new dance partner, Anna Melnikova.
Fans of Strictly Come Dancing looking for their next fun fix should best move along; there's nothing to see here.
| Original Score: 2/5
[Struggles] to find much else of interest in the daily grind of rehearsals, costume fittings and plain rice and tap water dinners.