THE COMMERCIAL FILM OF THE WEEK
BALLERINA (2016) by Éric Warin & Éric Summer
“Never give up on your dreams”
“Ballerina” is a children’s animation film of French Canadian nationality. Directed by Eric Summer and Eric Warin may try to look like American film production company like Pixar, but when you go to the movies to watch a film, most of the time you don’t worry about anything, unless you have prejudices about directors, actors, countries or film production company, you go to see a feature film that entertains you, excites you, makes you enjoy a good time, makes you reflect, that you stir in the armchair and go out with the feeling of having enjoyed an imaginative deployment full of fantasy and pieces of reality, because after all that is the movies.
“Ballerina” tells the story of Felicia, an orphan girl whose passion is dance and dreams of being a great dancer someday. Together with her best friend and mate, Victor, they escape the orphanage where they live in the French Brittany and travel to Paris. Both live an endless series of adventures that will make you laugh and enjoy for a while. And of course, there will also be some sad and some disagreeable events, but it will infect you from the first moment the enormous vitality and incredible willpower of these little ones who struggle to find their place in a classist society.
Around the year 1887, the architect Stephen Sauvestre (through the company of Gustave Eiffel) have designed the famous tower, our friends roam the streets of Paris among the few built irons of this monument and they discover us some surprises behind the walls of his workshop, winks to the origin of certain emblems not precisely French.
It can be said that the film is quite well oriented and carries out from beginning to end with its purpose, except perhaps that sometimes shock with the music that, at times, seems too modern for the setting and even some other dance of our protagonist have a little jump in space-time, however, everything about classical dance, which is where little Felicia wants to stand out, is really beautiful and impressive, sweet, delicate and soft.
It’s a very beautiful film, full of very tender and exciting moments, both for children and adults. We must never stop fighting for our dreams or stop dreaming in our day to day. Let’s enjoy the child we all carry inside.
Traducido por: Eduardo Llorente.