Prima Ballerina
Prima Ballerina (2009)

In the grand tradition of the Ballet Russes comes Bertrand Normand's portrait of five Russian ballerinas from theMariinski Theatre, formerly known as the Kirov. Behind any great ballerina lies the discipline and rigour thatcomes from… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A straightforward documentary about five Russian ballerinas, Bertrand Normand's Ballerina is enlivened by a fairy-tale sensibility.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Dance aficionados will be sent over the moon by this compelling documentary from director Bertrand Norman, chronicling what it takes to be a prima ballerina in the Mariinski Theatre.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie is an admirable look into the venerable St. Petersburg company and how dancers thrive or just survive in the physically challenging world of dance.

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Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com

Behind-the-curtains has never been more ravishing nor more rewarding

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

As dazzling as they can be in performance, the ballerinas are even more breathtaking when a camera catches them alone in the shadows, dancing only for themselves.

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Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post

A jewel of a documentary.

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Jennifer Merin
About.com

This rare, behind-the-scenes dance film, which is more a profile of dancers than of the dance, shows that Russia and its famed Kirow are still the world's core of ballet.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Ballerina is most memorable, not surprisingly, in capturing these women on the move, whether dancing in full costume on the Mariinsky stage or practicing endlessly in the theater's rehearsal rooms.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Such a brief glimpse into these women's lives and art whets the appetite for more; alas, Ballerina ends far too quickly, leaving only their willowy shadows behind.

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Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net

... in its simplistic, by-the-book delivery, Ballerina does give an inkling of the blood and sweat hidden underneath the ethereal beauty of classical dance.

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