Ballerina (U)



Family (2016)
89mins Fr/Can

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler, Elle Fanning, Carly Rae Jepsen
Director: Eric Warin, Eric Summer
Writer(s): Carol Noble, Eric Summer, Laurent Zeitoun
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Ever since she was young, Felicie has wanted to be a dancer at the best ballet school in the world, the Theatre National de L'Opera. Unfortunately, Felicie lives in an orphanage in rural Brittany. When the opportunity arises to pass herself off as someone else in order to gain admission to the school, Felicie follows her heart in the company of her friend Victor, a boy who dreams of becoming an inventor. The young man encourages Felicie to defy her odds and believe in herself.

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Ballerina (U)

Money makes the world go around, but when it comes to the pursuit of lifelong dreams, obscene wealth is powerless next to raw talent and boundless vitality. That's the heartwarming message of Eric Summer and Eric Warin's cloying computer-animated fable about a chirpy, flame-haired orphan with a burning desire to become a dancer in late 19th century Paris...

Ballerina. Copyright: Entertainment One. Caption: Computer-animated fantasy Ballerina. All Rights Reserved.Mawkish sentiment pirouettes alongside narrative contrivance in Ballerina, a French-Canadian co-production set to an anachronistic soundtrack of upbeat contemporary pop songs in the shadow of a partially constructed Eiffel Tower. Dance sequences are nimbly choreographed by Aurelie Dupont and Jeremie Belingard, who capture the grace and physical exertion of ballet as digital characters express their emotions through movement on the streets of the French capital. Elle Fanning provides a warm vocal performance as the plucky heroine who doesn't know a rond de jambe from a grand jete, but has tenacity and fiery determination in abundance. Meanwhile, 14-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, who appears in Sia's music videos, essays a two-dimensional bully, who is destined to get her comeuppance before the end credits roll.

Ever since she was young, Felicie (Fanning) has wanted to dance at the best ballet school in the world, the Theatre National de L'Opera. Unfortunately, she lives in an orphanage in rural Brittany with best friend Victor (Dane DeHaan), who dreams of becoming an inventor. "We arrived at the same time and we'll escape at the same time," Felicie assures Victor and the resourceful girl hatches a plan to sneak onto a train that chugs past the orphanage. At large in Paris, Felicie befriends former prima ballerina Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen), who now works as a caretaker for snarling grand dame, Regine Le Haut. Her insufferable brat daughter, Camille Le Haut (Ziegler), is poised to audition at the Theatre National de L'Opera thanks to madame's influence. "I'm a star, you're just orbiting me!" Camille rudely informs Felicie. In a fit of rage, Felicie pretends to be the arrogant Le Haut and gains admission to the school, where she strives to impress choreographer Louis Merante (Terrence Scammell). Meanwhile, Victor becomes an apprentice to Gustave Eiffel, who is completing "the Statue Of Puberty".

Ballerina grooves enthusiastically through dance movie cliches, including a montage of the heroine honing her craft, and last-minute doubts on the eve of an important audition for The Nutcracker. The stakes are high, but there's no sense of jeopardy in the linear script and a tepid romance between Felicie and the school's blond dreamboat is a fleeting distraction from the girl's true love. Animation is somewhat crude, but whenever visuals lack detail and richness, vocal performances compensate with gushing emotion. For little girls who share Felicie's dream, Summer and Warin's film has all the right moves.

- Jo Planter

Ballerina. Copyright: Entertainment One. Caption: Computer-animated fantasy Ballerina. All Rights Reserved.


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From Friday 24th March
To Thursday 30th March

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Ashbourne, Showtime Cinemas Ashbourne
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castlebar, Mayo Movie World Castlebar
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stowmarket, Regal Theatre
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, Vue York
From Friday 31st March
To Thursday 6th April

- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Komedia
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge Picture House
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Louth, Playhouse
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Watford, Vue Watford
- York, Vue York


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