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Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)

PG | | Fantasy | 21 December 2012 (USA)
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A young woman is entranced by an Aerialist. When they fall into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil and are separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lutz Halbhubner ...
John Clarke ...
Tanya Drewery ...
Sarah Houbolt ...
Ascia Maybury ...
Damien Gordon ...
Zach Brickland ...
Iren Goed ...
Roufan Gan ...
Circus Marvelous Cast Member (as Roufan 'Jimbob' Gan)
Pei Pei Lane ...
Shaowei Xin ...
Stephen Cooper ...


A young woman in a small Mid-Western town goes to a traveling carnival one evening, where she is urged by a silent clown to visit the carnival's circus and see The Aerialist, the show's star attraction. She is entranced by The Aerialist, but during his act he misses a catch and falls to the ground. She rushes to help him, but then the ground beneath them gives way and they fall through into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil. Separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other, interacting with the strange and wonderful performers and performances of Cirque du Soleil. Written by Tony Scheinman

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Rated PG for some dramatic images and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 December 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cirque du Soleil: Mundos lejanos  »

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Box Office

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$2,162,993 (USA) (21 December 2012)


$12,495,865 (USA) (8 February 2013)

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Each of the acts/performances was filmed on the stage of the theater in Las Vegas where the show is/was running: the acts from "O" at the "O" Theatre at the Bellagio, those from "Ka" at the Ka Theater at the MGM Grand, those from "Love" at the Love Theater at the Mirage, the act from "Mystere" at the Mystere Theater at Treasure Island, the act from "Zumanity" at the Zumanity Theater at the New York New York and the act from "Viva Elvis" at the Aria Theater. See more »


At the start of the film Mia (the girl) is watching the circus. As the Ringmaster says "Welcome to Circus Marvelous" the Dwarf, that is standing in front of the Ringmaster, holds both his fists in front of him in a power pose. The very next shot he has his left fist in the air while his right is still in front. Then in the shot after that both of his fists are in front of him once again. See more »


References Yellow Submarine (1968) See more »


The Aerialist
Composed by Benoit Jutras
Published by Créations Méandres Inc.
Arranged by Benoit Jutras
Produced by Rob Heaney and Benoit Jutras
Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil Musique Inc.
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25 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Contrary to what Shankru_Spam_Begone has written (dude, you have not seen the film!), there are no "audeicen reaction shots" because everything was photographed when the respective theatres were empty.. There is little CG work — this is all straight, through-the- lens work, and it is freaking incredible. They have chosen the best from eight or nine of Cirque's shows, lovingly photographed them, and stitched them together in such a way that you don't care how thin the story is, you're just enthralled by the sheer magic of the visuals.

And there are so many to by enthralled by: Cirque has this amazing capability of taking the most disparate things, putting them together in a single scene, and making it work. The scenes from O underscore this best, although the ones from Ka come close. (BTW: again, contrary to what Shankru_Spam_Begone writes, there are no scenes from Dralion). It is a visually lovely film that, at times, makes you wonder at the kind of people who can put something this enchanting together.

See it. You will not regret it. Even the 3D work is awesome: perhaps the very best the genre has given us because Cameron wisely takes us *into* the scene instead of pushing it out at us.

Put this on your must-see list.

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