• 2016
  • France
  • 1h 48min
  • Directed by: Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj
  • Cast: Anastasia Shevtsova, Veronika Zhovnytska, Juliette Binoche
  • Language: French/Russian

Polina (Zhovnytska as a girl, Shevtsova as a teenager) is a Russian ballet student who travels to Europe in search of new opportunities. The pleasure and pain of her journey are both examined, with exquisite dance sequences but also bleeding feet and hard graft. Real-life ballerina Shevtsova is utterly beguiling.

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