First Position Reviews

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November 26, 2019
A beautiful film, First Position will keep you on your toes.
February 13, 2019
Whilst the filmmaking is pedestrian, the dancers -- to paraphrase Joan's teacher -- "fly"... Kargman may not earn first position, but these dancers most certainly do.
November 9, 2018
This movie is, hands down, one of the most beautiful, informative and satisfying documentaries I have ever seen.
August 14, 2018
First Position may be too slight, too sincere and too plain faced to truly invest in. But for those in need of something that bestows a voice both unto children with a clear focus and passion, it succeeds.
August 10, 2018
It is edge-of-the-seat stuff by the close of the film, and not just because of the high stakes in play for all involved.
June 14, 2016
If you've got tweens and teens who are into dancing, be it in classes or around the house, it offers a pleasant cultural alternative to the other holiday entertainment on offer.
April 25, 2013
The joy of watching lies in the purity of the dancer's passion.
April 14, 2013
A superior example of the genre, it concentrates on six young dancers from around the world ...
April 12, 2013
Like the engaging hit documentary Spellbound, this dance competition film gets under the skin and holds us in its grip like a well-crafted thriller.
April 12, 2013
Anyone with an interest in dance should enjoy this documentary ...
April 11, 2013
It's humane, involving and inspirational.
April 11, 2013
A griping documentary following several ballet hopefuls as they prepare for an international competition.
April 11, 2013
Impressively directed and superbly edited, this is an emotionally engaging documentary with likeable subjects, stunning dance sequences and a suspenseful climax.
April 10, 2013
Undeniably effective as drama, as we ponder the varying degrees of ambition and talent driving these young people to push their bodies beyond the limit in the hope of grasping a future in the spotlight.
April 9, 2013
If you thought Black Swan made ballet look grim, this festival-fave documentary offers an earthier but no less griping portrait of the profession's crippling realities.
April 8, 2013
A touching look at ballet's battle-hardened youngsters.
April 7, 2013
If this film doesn't put a smile on your face, you are too hard to please.
April 6, 2013
Hopes are shared and dreams expressed during this uplifting journey in which we become involved in each of the dancers' lives. As a consequence, we have a stake in what happens and are often moved as a result of the drama and tension
January 29, 2013
Debut director Bess Kargman establishes herself as a skilled documentarian, drawing out humour and tension from the contestants' experiences without manipulating their stories for melodramatic effect.
January 7, 2013
First time director Bess Kargman has done a great job with this film in letting the personalities of these dancers and their families shine through.
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