Monday, May 20, 2024

The Rise (2023) movie review and synopsis.

Desperate about her situation and trying to figure out what she can do with her life if dancing is no longer an option, Elise agrees to go with some friends to an artists’ colony in Brittany, where she will help them with catering. Currently present in the colony is the contemporary dance company led by real-life choreographer Hofesh Shechter (playing himself), and when he sees Elise watching them practice peeling carrots, he invites her to join them. At first, Elise is perplexed—besides the injury, the more grounded approach favored by Shechter’s troupe is a far cry from what she’s studied all her life. But before long, Elise finds herself training with them and using the troupe’s collaborative approach to dance and life as a way to help her move on with her life.

As I said before, Rise isn’t exactly bursting with shocking and unexpected developments—with a few tweaks, Klapisch and co-writer Santiago Amigorena’s script could have made for one of those Breakin’ movies back in the day. . However, whatever The Rise may lack in wit, it makes up for in sheer craft, energy and professionalism. Klapisch has always been a successful filmmaker – specializing in romantic-tinged fiction that’s enjoyable when it works, such as His “When the Cat’s Away” is beautiful and a little painful when they don’t, like the recent “Somebody, Somewhere” – but this is one of his strongest and most satisfying works.

Over the years, Klapisch has directed many projects revolving around dance. It can immerse viewers in that special world so that even those with no frame of reference for the art form can appreciate the beauty of the performances and the incredibly hard and painful work that goes into creating something so easy in appearance. . Not all the drama works here—the character of the confused father could have used more development, and there’s a joke about two of Elise’s friends whose endless bickering is followed by a shot of their camping trip that doesn’t quite come off. turned off. But the dance sequences are so beautifully put together that most viewers will easily forgive the more cliched aspects of the story.

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