NPR

A Dancer Spins From Classical Ballet To Modern Dance In 'Polina'

Once it trades rote ballerina-training cliches for ecstatically shot sequences of hip-hop choreography, this French film, like its main character, comes alive.
It Takes Tutu To Tango: Karl (Jeremie Belingard) and Polina (Anastasia Shevtsova) in Polina. Source: Oscilloscope

For a short while, the French-made film toes the line of traditional ballet narrative: a heroine's journey from exceptional promise through bundled hurdles, all the way to the triumph of the tutu. Then the movie takes a sharp left turn into a whole other fairy tale, a vibrantly watchable modern dance musical with bits of histrionic life

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR4 min read
Best Albums Of 2019 (So Far)
We asked our panel of public radio writers one question: What is your favorite album of 2019 so far? There were so many ways to answer.
NPR7 min read
How Georgia Became A Surprising Bright Spot In The U.S. Solar Industry
Solar is booming in Georgia, and it's not because of state mandates supporting renewable energy or concerns about climate change. Instead, powerful market forces are driving the growth.
NPR4 min readPolitics
Analysis: The Politics Of National Humiliation In The Trump-Xi Meeting
Under the Communist Party's ideological reeducation of China's population, humiliation by foreign powers forms an emotional underpinning of the country's national identity.