The Company

The Company
  • 2003
  • US / Germany
  • 1h 52min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Robert Altman
  • Written by: Barbara Turner (screenplay), Barbara Turner &, Neve Campbell (story)
  • Cast: Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, James Franco

A drama about the lives and loves, hopes and fears and successes and failures of a ballet company, filtered through the vision of Hollywood maverick Altman. Eschewing the melodrama and histrionics associated with film forays into the world of stage showbiz, this instead constructs a detailed portrait of the ballet world. A distinctly Altman-esque film,'The Company' is, in fact, the brainchild of Campbell. Campbell, once a student at the National School of Ballet in Canada, gets a story-writing and producing credit alongside her star billing and she gives an impressively naturalistic performance, much of which involves dance. It's McDowell as the paternal tyrant 'Mr A', however, who gets the lion's share of the film's juicy dialogue and grand speeches.

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