Five Dances (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Five Dances
A lovingly shot valentine to work and body and art, and a generous, ultimately happy little story of a lost boy finding a community and a kindred soul.
Five Dances should well impress dance aficionados even if its skimpy narrative proves less than inspired.
Rather than adapting the pieces to conform to his paper-thin narrative, Brown explores the tensions and contortions of dancers expressing fresh emotion through a pre-existing art form.
Just when the plotting had me sighing with impatience, Brown would get back into showing us rehearsal and things would liven up again. It's in the recording of dance that this movie comes alive.
There's an interesting vibe there, but it's not enough to save what seems like a failed experiment.
Audience Reviews for Five Dances
Though the film's untested cast struggles with the drama, and the sketched-out story is often banal (there are several amateurish calls-to-mom scenes), the presentation of a specific city subculture is etched from the heart.
I'm one faithful fan of melancholic (Attention: NOT melodrama!!) mood drama. Gay movies love melancholy. And it is the best part of this feature from its dryness, norms out of the same genre; as well as not so convincing 'professional' choreography inside.
I saw this film at the Dance on Camera festival in New York. It was quite good. Though the acting was a little stilted, the dance scenes were quite amazing and edited really beautifully. The music is great and infectious, I left the cinema humming one of them for the rest of the week! I thought that Ryan Steele put in a good performance and he has an amazing dancers body.
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