Only When I Dance (Vida Ballet) (2010)

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Filmmaker Beadie Finzi follows two teenage dancers from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro as they fight to take control of their own destinies by rising though the ranks of an international ballet competition. Should they succeed, it could mean the opportunity to start a new life for their families in a place where there are greater options for the future, and less chances of being drawn into the dangerous world of gangs and drugs. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International
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On DVD: Dec 1, 2010
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Critic Reviews for Only When I Dance (Vida Ballet)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Casting is the key here, and Ms. Finzi chose wisely.

July 2, 2010
New York Times
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Finzi's lovingly filmed movie draws viewers into the lives of its two young heroes. You don't have to be a ballet buff to be moved by Isabela's and Irlan's stories.

Full Review… | July 2, 2010
New York Post
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What's unique to Beadie Finzi's debut feature is what it reveals about the financial, physical and emotional costs of talent.

Full Review… | June 30, 2010
Time Out
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British director Beadie Finzi follows both dancers to international competitions, where the difficult questions raised by their struggles are set aside.

Full Review… | June 29, 2010
Village Voice
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It becomes impossible to take Only When I Dance seriously as more than the superficial account of a frustratingly tentative bystander.

Full Review… | August 22, 2010
Nick's Flick Picks

This excellent documentary evokes considerable empathy for two amazing, dedicated youngsters who prove that ballet is not only for the elite.

Full Review… | July 17, 2010
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