The Dancer

28th September, 2017 (CTC)
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  • Director Stéphanie Di Giusto
  • Cast Soko ., Lily-Rose Depp, Gaspard Ulliel
  • Duration 120 min
  • Rating CTC
  • Language French (English subtitles)
  • Genre To Be Advised
  • Participating Cinemas Palace Balwyn, Palace Barracks, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Centro, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, The Kino

Synopsis

French singer/actress Soko (Augustine) and ingénue-of-the-moment Lily-Rose Depp lead a star-studded cast in Stéphanie Di Giusto’s spectacularly mounted screen biography, inspired by the true story of two rival pioneers of modern dance and theatrical presentation in late 19th-century Paris.

Nothing in her background destined Loïe Fuller (Soko), born in the American Midwest, to become the toast of the Belle Epoque cabarets – or to perform at the Paris Opera. Hidden behind metres of silk, her arms extended by long wooden rods, the athletic Fuller was able to reinvent her body on stage, enthralling her audiences a little more every night with her revolutionary “Serpentine” dance.

Dazzling the capital, she became an icon, the blazing symbol of a generation. Eminent admirers fell to her feet: Toulouse-Lautrec, the Lumière Brothers, Rodin. Even if the physical effort risked destroying her back, even if the glare of the stage lights seared her eyes, she never faltered in the quest to perfect her art. But it was Loïe’s meeting with Isadora Duncan (Depp) – a beautiful young prodigy hungry for glory – that threatened everything: her stature, her confidence and her sanity.

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