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Five Dances (2013)

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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The coming of age tale of an extraordinarily gifted young dancer recently arrived in New York City, Five Dances is a visually sensual glimpse of life and first love in the downtown contemporary dance world. Shooting mostly in and around a Soho dance studio, with original dance by the internationally renowned choreographer Jonah Bokaer, writer/director Alan Brown (Private Romeo, Superheroes, Book of Love) and his cast of five of New York's most talented dancers capture the emotional turbulence

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Documentary, Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts

Alan Brown

Jul 29, 2014

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (4)

A lovingly shot valentine to work and body and art, and a generous, ultimately happy little story of a lost boy finding a community and a kindred soul.

June 24, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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Five Dances should well impress dance aficionados even if its skimpy narrative proves less than inspired.

June 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Rather than adapting the pieces to conform to his paper-thin narrative, Brown explores the tensions and contortions of dancers expressing fresh emotion through a pre-existing art form.

June 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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There's an interesting vibe there, but it's not enough to save what seems like a failed experiment.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Though the film's untested cast struggles with the drama, and the sketched-out story is often banal (there are several amateurish calls-to-mom scenes), the presentation of a specific city subculture is etched from the heart.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Unfortunately, schmaltzy music and drab melodrama drag down the otherwise graceful moves of Five Dances.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Anyone not associated with the world of modern dance and/or anyone not fixated on the bodies of agile young men will find little of interest in this slow, claustrophobic film

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Just when the plotting had me sighing with impatience, Brown would get back into showing us rehearsal and things would liven up again. It's in the recording of dance that this movie comes alive.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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It's the moments when the director stops worrying about clarifying plot and character motivation and lets the performances bring those into being that makes this an authentic project.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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