Jan 13, 2020
Bollaín, working from Paul Laverty's script, has a trump card up her sleeve in the modern day dance sequences choreographed by Acosta, which punctuates the prosaic rags-to-renown dancer story with dollops of physical poetry.
Oct 30, 2019
It has all the makings of a perfectly formed feel-good movie, but Spanish director Iciar Bollain and British screenwriter Paul Laverty have less conventional ideas in mind.
Apr 15, 2019
The film-makers' hearts are in Havana and, yes, their enthusiasm is infectious.
Apr 14, 2019
At times the film's two storytelling modes feel disjointed, but here the use of choreography seems fittingly abstract, a bodily interpretation of an emotional memory.
Apr 12, 2019
The genius in the film is in how each section feeds each other, and indeed needs each other (the dance comments on the drama, and vice versa), and produces a wholly original and deeply affecting movie.
Apr 11, 2019
Crafted with passion, integrity and determination, much like Acosta himself.
Apr 11, 2019
What's perhaps surprising given the insider involvement from Acosta is the film's insight and emotional generosity that extends even to overbearing Pedro.
Apr 9, 2019
Superstar Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta takes us through his life in unusual style in a mix of drama and dance, fiction and reality.
Sep 25, 2018
Fandom of, or even familiarity with, Acosta's work isn't a prerequisite for enjoying a film that, accurately or otherwise, shapes his life story into a classical rags-to-riches (or at least street-to-stage) arc.
Sep 24, 2018
A story hitting every thematic note - family, sacrifice, maleness, black identity, exile and the transforming power of art - that's likely to touch a chord with audiences.