Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet
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The Paris Opera Ballet has long been one of the most respected ballet companies in France, and many of the nation's most gifted dancers vie for the privilege of performing there. This documentary offers an intimate look at the men and women of the Paris Opera Ballet as they prepare and rehearse for performances of Swan Lake and a demanding dance interpretation of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; the tight-knit but deeply competitive world of ballet is introduced, where close friends often find themselves battling for the same role, and the lessons learned through time and experience often… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A much better documentary -- more revealing, more emotional and more surprising -- than its pedestrian English title would have you believe."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"This is art paying homage to art."
‑ Christine Temin, Boston Globe
"Candid and comfortable; a film that deftly balances action and reflection as it lets you grasp and feel the passion others have for their work."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Part of the draw of dance is the impossibility to define its particular joy. Tavernier's film conveys a large element of its appeal -- and more."
‑ Luisa F. Ribeiro, Boxoffice Magazine
"A thoughtful, reverent portrait of what is essentially a subculture, with its own rules regarding love and family, governance and hierarchy."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"Muddled, simplistic and more than a little pretentious."
‑ Clive Barnes, New York Post
"Delivers roughly equal amounts of beautiful movement and inside information."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"A fascinating glimpse into an insular world that gives the lie to many clichés and showcases a group of dedicated artists."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There are touching moments in Etoiles, but for the most part this is a dull, dour documentary on what ought to be a joyful or at least fascinating subject."
‑ Octavio Roca, San Francisco Chronicle
"Like leafing through an album of photos accompanied by the sketchiest of captions."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It jumps around with little logic or continuity, presenting backstage bytes of information that never amount to a satisfying complete picture of this particular, anciently demanding métier."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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