Prima Ballerina

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A straightforward documentary about five Russian ballerinas, Bertrand Normand's Ballerina is enlivened by a fairy-tale sensibility.

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  • Dance aficionados will be sent over the moon by this compelling documentary from director Bertrand Norman, chronicling what it takes to be a prima ballerina in the Mariinski Theatre.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
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    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As dazzling as they can be in performance, the ballerinas are even more breathtaking when a camera catches them alone in the shadows, dancing only for themselves.

    April 30, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie is an admirable look into the venerable St. Petersburg company and how dancers thrive or just survive in the physically challenging world of dance.

    March 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A jewel of a documentary.

    March 13, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Such a brief glimpse into these women's lives and art whets the appetite for more; alas, Ballerina ends far too quickly, leaving only their willowy shadows behind.

    February 26, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4

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