Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Starring JULIETTE BINOCHE, ANASTASIA SHEVTSOVA, NIELS
SCHNEIDER, and JÉRÉMIE BÉLINGARD
Run Time: 112 minutes; Certificate: 12A
Language: Russian and French
“This exquisite portrait of a dancer finding her way in the world is vibrant, captivating and engaging.” – Fresh Fiction
“[A] stylish coming-of-age story…” – The Observer
“A marvellous paean to everything that goes into making great art: hard work, complicated humanity, taking risks, and trusting one’s own instincts.” – Flick Filosopher
“Show how a feature film can depict a dancer’s – a human’s – journey toward authenticity with sophistication, artistry and love for the art form.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“A celebration of dance, music, and its nuanced protagonist, Polina is emphatically a success.” – FF2 Media
“Polina [is] one of the most emotionally accurate coming-of-age films of recent years.” – Out Magazine
“There is something about Polina that captures my imagination entirely, a poignantly fragile beauty to it that belies a sturdy heart and a will made out of iron.” – MovieFreak.com
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). But once there she is quickly forced to
grapple with the realization that determination and hard work don’t always lead to success.
Other members of the cast include Niels Schneider (Xavier Dolan’s HEARTBEATS and I KILLED MY
MOTHER) and Jérémie Bélingard (a star dancer with the Ballet de l’Opera de Paris, SAINT LAURENT.)