The Dancer (La danseuse) Reviews

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October 21, 2019
The Dancer will be a frustrating experience for pre-existing fans of Loie Fuller; more so the more they know her life story.
August 16, 2019
Artistically executed in its cinematography, Dancer is a poetic biopic of a young woman at the turn of the 20th Century.
March 19, 2019
This is a beautiful and intelligent film but the show-stealer is unquestionably Benoît Debie's cinematography, particularly during Fuller's on-stage dance routines.
February 21, 2019
[Fuller] was the toast of the Folies Bergères...and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers, but we see little of this, which seems a missed opportunity to inject vivacity and colour into a rather dull and ploddingly constructed film.
August 6, 2018
While the story of The Dancer and Loïe Fuller is a fascinating one, the story we see onscreen may not be the best representation of the artist's full life.
August 3, 2018
The Dancer doesn't venture from patterns of traditional biopics far enough to be called inspired, but it delivers a spirited, fully committed portrayal that allows you to observe a quintessential artist from the outside in.
December 1, 2017
By the end of the performance, she collapses from exhaustion. So may the viewer. It's an awe-inspiring spectacle, and it helps anchor what is too often a somewhat staid biopic.
December 1, 2017
If only Di Giusto more ambitiously broadened her scope, she would have made a fleet-footed tribute for the ages instead of stumbling over such rich possibilities.
December 1, 2017
Uses much creative licence in retelling Fuller's life.
December 1, 2017
The Dancer is so dreamily shot, with such nakedly committed acting by music artist SoKo, that you can almost forgive its narrative gaps-and the considerable liberties it takes with historical fact.
November 30, 2017
"The Dancer" seems genuinely hostile to its subject, whose real-life accomplishments deserve better.
November 29, 2017
Those interested in dance history-or who appreciate unconventional heroines and like to luxuriate in transporting period dramas-will absolutely love The Dancer.
November 29, 2017
Evasions of fact render the project suspect, but the chance to observe Fuller's genius realized onstage almost redeems it.
November 26, 2017
Like Loe Fuller's serpentine dance, the film is structured on repetition: spinning and spinning but never actually taking us nowhere.
October 2, 2017
The Dancer's screenplay - based on the novel by Giovanni Lista - is positively clumsy.
September 29, 2017
... striking star Soko (AKA Stphanie Sokolinski) shining in a characterisation of great intensity, serious sensuality and what looks like genuine sweat and pain.
May 23, 2017
The staging of Fuller's work (notably her Serpentine Dance) is beguiling, even if some patchy editing has been used to switch between the actors and their body doubles.
February 12, 2017
...a solid period drama rather than an insightful biographical study...
November 17, 2016
An uneven film but full of fascinating moments that recreates a superhuman eagerness to overcome. [Full review in Spanish]
November 16, 2016
A film that perfectly blends imaginative fragments of cinema and dance, developing a contemporary, sensorial and immersive language. [Full review in Spanish]
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