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Pina (2011)



Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 88 | Rotten: 5

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


Average Rating: 8.6/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 0

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



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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


Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary

Wim Wenders

Jan 22, 2013


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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (88) | Rotten (5) | DVD (2)

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

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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A remarkable -- and likely enduring -- tribute to an artist committed to creating dance theater drawn from humanity's deepest physical and emotional reserves.

February 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"Pina" isn't just for dance fans or those curious about the latest in 3-D. It's a celebration of life.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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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.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A stirring and solid tribute to the late dance instructor.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

a stark, invigorating reminder that great art never dies with the artist

February 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The creative marriage of two real artists, Pina and Wim, turns out better than even a Dale Carnegie bred optimist could hope for

July 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemania beautiful as it is perplexing.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Joy, anger, terror, grief - the entire range of human experience can be found in these dances.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Wenders usa sua própria forma de expressão artística (o Cinema) para recriar e enriquecer a obra de Bausch.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

'Undefeated' won the Oscar, but the most truly inspiring of the Documentary Feature nominees is 'Pina.' I know next to nothing about dance, and I was mesmerized.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Mondern-dance documentary is visually dazzling but it doesn't make the slightest effort to invite the unconverted to the party.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Comment (1)

Bring someone who doubts that movies can surprise us anymore. ... Bring somebody who isn't yet excited about stereoscopic cinema. They'll change their minds.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Most documentaries put us inside people's heads. The dazzling, experimental Pina puts us inside people's feet.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

[An] utterly transfixing, exhilarating spectacle of bodies in motion.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The 3-D is so subtle, unobtrusive and low-key that at times I felt like I was watching the movie through a View-Master rather than the requisite plastic glasses. That's not meant as a knock.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

An immersive moviegoing experience beyond imagination.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Outsiders might have more difficulty comprehending Bausch's mastery, especially whacked up into bite-sized pieces of inscrutable emotion and abrupt movement.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source:

Dance fans won't want to miss it, but be prepared to be frustrated almost as often as you're awed.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.
May 9, 2012

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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".
March 25, 2012

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.
February 22, 2012
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I knew nothing about Pina Bausch before this film and had pretty much no interest in Dance. That has now changed thanks to a) Wim Wender's fantastic approach to documentaries - particularly his tributes and b) Pina Bausch's dances are a little bit more interesting than a bunch of skeletons in false smiles and tutus. The visuals here are stunning, even if some of the dances are unintentionally quite amusing, there is always something new and exciting to look at. I found the film to be interesting, informative and quite relaxing. If a Pina Bausch production was to pop up in London any time soon I would definitely buy a ticket!
December 23, 2011

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