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Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (2002)

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The Paris Opera Ballet has long been one of the most respected ballet companies in France, and many of the nation's most gifted dancers vie for the privilege of performing there. This documentary offers an intimate look at the men and women of the Paris Opera Ballet as they prepare and rehearse for performances of +Swan Lake and a demanding dance interpretation of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; the tight-knit but deeply competitive world of ballet is introduced, where close friends often find themselves battling for the same role, and the lessons learned through time and experience often run counter to the gradual decay of the body's mechanisms through age. Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet was the first theatrical feature from director Nils Tavernier, the son of noted filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier.

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A much better documentary -- more revealing, more emotional and more surprising -- than its pedestrian English title would have you believe.

May 8, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A thoughtful, reverent portrait of what is essentially a subculture, with its own rules regarding love and family, governance and hierarchy.

May 8, 2003 | Full Review…

There are touching moments in Etoiles, but for the most part this is a dull, dour documentary on what ought to be a joyful or at least fascinating subject.

February 24, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

This is art paying homage to art.

January 10, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4

Muddled, simplistic and more than a little pretentious.

November 8, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

Like leafing through an album of photos accompanied by the sketchiest of captions.

November 7, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

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