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Valérie Müller & Angelin Preljocaj

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About the Movie

Rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina (played by Anastasia Shevtsova, a professional dancer who has performed with Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre) is a promising classical ballet dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question on a profound level. Diverting from her plan, she leaves all her exacting preparation behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (played by Academy Award®-winner Juliette Binoche who has danced with London-based dancer/choreographer Akram Khan).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: If this film's directors, Valerie Muller and the French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, don't offer much overt material on Polina's inner life, it's because they don't have to: the point of Polina, and this movie, is that her dancing is her being. – Glenn Kenny, New York Times, Aug 22, 2017

Rotten: The film is intriguing on the surface, but the scenes have no interior hum, because they haven't been conceived psychologically. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety, Aug 24, 2017

Fresh: Stubbornly uninvolving for long stretches, but it can also be stirringly cinematic. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Aug 31, 2017

Fresh: In its quiet way Polina is a gender-reversed, fictional version of last year's Dancer. – Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice, Aug 25, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Worth your time

Amazing movement in a gently-paced, coming-into-one's-own movie.

Best dance movie I have ever seen.

It's hard to describe in words something so visual. Some of the best dancing ever. This exemplefies why I love so many foreign movies, especially the French, who seem to have an unreal grasp on how to make an emotionally stunning movie.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017

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