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Only When I Dance (Vida Ballet) (2010)

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Filmmaker Beadie Finzi follows two teenage dancers from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro as they fight to take control of their own destinies by rising though the ranks of an international ballet competition. Should they succeed, it could mean the opportunity to start a new life for their families in a place where there are greater options for the future, and less chances of being drawn into the dangerous world of gangs and drugs. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Casting is the key here, and Ms. Finzi chose wisely.

July 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
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Finzi's lovingly filmed movie draws viewers into the lives of its two young heroes. You don't have to be a ballet buff to be moved by Isabela's and Irlan's stories.

July 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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What's unique to Beadie Finzi's debut feature is what it reveals about the financial, physical and emotional costs of talent.

June 30, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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British director Beadie Finzi follows both dancers to international competitions, where the difficult questions raised by their struggles are set aside.

June 29, 2010 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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It becomes impossible to take Only When I Dance seriously as more than the superficial account of a frustratingly tentative bystander.

August 22, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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This excellent documentary evokes considerable empathy for two amazing, dedicated youngsters who prove that ballet is not only for the elite.

July 17, 2010 | Full Review…
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Pretty standard dance competition documentary following two talented young dancers from poor backgrounds in Rio who battle impossible odds for a chance to pursue their dream abroad. The stories are extraordinary and filled with inherent emotion, but the film is edited in such a way that it fails to capitalize on that, and one story outweighs the other both in terms of screen time and overall success. In the end, i lacks dramatic tension and narrative drive.

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