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
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Critic Reviews for Only When I Dance (Vida Ballet)
Casting is the key here, and Ms. Finzi chose wisely.
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.
What's unique to Beadie Finzi's debut feature is what it reveals about the financial, physical and emotional costs of talent.
British director Beadie Finzi follows both dancers to international competitions, where the difficult questions raised by their struggles are set aside.
It becomes impossible to take Only When I Dance seriously as more than the superficial account of a frustratingly tentative bystander.
This excellent documentary evokes considerable empathy for two amazing, dedicated youngsters who prove that ballet is not only for the elite.
This inspiring, involving documentary traces the stories of two dancers from the favelas of Rio de Janiero in a disarmingly simple way
A wonderful documentary about two young talented black ballet dancers from working-class families and the yearning that propels them.
A modest but genuinely moving dance documentary, which soulfully captures the glory and heartbreak of performance art.
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