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Pina (2011)



Critic Consensus: Pina is an immersive, gorgeously shot tribute to the people who express life through movement.

Movie Info

Pina is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009. Pina is a film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders. He takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble, he follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal - the place, which for 35 years was the home and centre for Pina Bausch's creativity. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: PG (for some sensuality/partial nudity and smoking)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: Wim Wenders
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 22, 2013
Box Office: $3.5M
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Critic Reviews for Pina

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (30)

Watching Pina is like being inside one of Bausch's surreal pieces.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A remarkable -- and likely enduring -- tribute to an artist committed to creating dance theater drawn from humanity's deepest physical and emotional reserves.

Full Review… | February 15, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

"Pina" isn't just for dance fans or those curious about the latest in 3-D. It's a celebration of life.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A unique and often sublime artistic experience, "Pina" is a 3-D dance film that immerses us in the movement, letting us feel that we could reach out and touch these dancers as they float past us.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

For anyone with an interest in dance, "Pina" is a must-see. For anyone not interested in contemporary dance, "Pina" is a should-see. It could change your mind.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Pina is a tribute of an artist by an artist, a friend to a friend. But its great genius comes from the mournful, as well as celebratory, reckoning of the performers Bausch pushed, collaborated with and inspired.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pina


Wim Wenders' has done a tremendous job in bringing Pina's artistry to the screen. The director has used cranes and steady cams to capture the dance as if we were in the middle of the production. He's also chosen to shoot the film in 3D. It's not required to enjoy the spectacle, but certainly highly recommended. The addition of the 3D format significantly adds to the feeling of being there on stage. The technically complex choreography of the troupe is even more impressive. Every time a new piece unfolded on screen I was transfixed not only by the dancing, but also by the creative cinematography and the beautiful music. By the end, one realizes this is merely a series of performances. There is no narrative about the woman herself to truly get us emotionally involved. Personally I can only get so excited about modern dance. However, before Pina, I had never heard of the choreographer and now I am a fan. Wim Wenders has made a hypnotic document to the legacy of an incredibly talented individual. Without words he presents a moving elegy full of feeling. Pina is a heady mix of her artistry and Wim Wenders' direction.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


Freaks, Francesca Woodman + Roy Andersson.

Pina gives me such a peace, but her choreographies disturb me in such a way that I wonder if it may be the fear of the mirror (identification) or fear of primitivism (has freedom necessarily to be the "loss of self-control"? - only by the loss of the self - that lives in social conditioning - we can find ourselves?).
"Your fragility is your strength".

Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer


Wim Wenders tribute to avant-garde choreographer Pina Baush (who unexpectedly died during filming); it features elaborate 3-D stagings of her abstract dances interspersed with tributes from members of her company. I'm not sure this labor of love will do for the esoteric field of modern dance what BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB did for Cuban music, but it's impossible to come away unimpressed by the grace, dedication and creativity of the dancers.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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