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The Dancer(La Danseuse)

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France, Belgium, Czech Republic · 2016
Rated PG-13 · 1h 48m
Director Stéphanie Di Giusto
Starring SoKo, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp
Genre Drama, History

Nothing prepared Loïe Fuller, a young woman from the American Midwest, to become a Belle Epoque icon, even less a dancer at the Paris Opera. But fame isn't everything. Fuller’s encounter with Isadora Duncan, a prodigious young dancer hungry for glory, will precipitate the icon's fall at the turn of the 20th century.

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Village Voice by

The strength of the film is its portrait of a female artist at work, doing all the complex backstage and business chores her career requires.


Slant Magazine by Derek Smith

Like Loïe Fuller's serpentine dance, the film is structured on repetition: spinning and spinning but never actually taking us nowhere.


The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

This movie, which stars Stéphanie Sokolinski, the French musician known as Soko, in the role of Fuller, only comes alive during the dance sequences.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

More problematic, even if we accept the film as pure fiction, is its pedestrian construction and ill-conceived script, unlikely to spark interest in one of the most innovative and influential performers of the last century and a quarter.


Los Angeles Times by Katie Walsh

The Dancer is such a bold and assured film, wildly creative and sensual, that it feels far more sophisticated than a debut, and signals Di Giusto as one to watch.

50 by Susan Wloszczyna

The Dancer clearly needed a better task master behind the camera. There are too many scenes of Fuller physically and mentally suffering for her art as she questions if what she does actually qualifies as dance.

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