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Alegría (1999)

Frac, a mime who is suffering from a severe bout of depression, happens to meet a troupe of circus entertainers and immediately falls in love with one of the stars, Giulietta. But while his... See full summary »

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Franco Dragone

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Rudy Barichello
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
René Bazinet René Bazinet ... Frac
Frank Langella ... Fleur
Mako ... Old Momo
Julie Cox ... Giulietta
Heathcote Williams Heathcote Williams ... Marcello
Brian Dewhurst Brian Dewhurst ... Old Taps
Clipper Miano Clipper Miano ... Momo
Andre Sleegers Andre Sleegers ... Henchman
Chip Bray ... Man in Restaurant
Matthias Krahnert Matthias Krahnert ... Big Top
Steve Othman Steve Othman ... Strongman
Jade Fafieanie Jade Fafieanie ... Roxanne
Hervé Malombo Hervé Malombo ... Hervé
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierrette Arseneau Pierrette Arseneau ... Vocals
Batmuhkh Batjargal Batmuhkh Batjargal ... The Little Budda
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Storyline

Frac, a mime who is suffering from a severe bout of depression, happens to meet a troupe of circus entertainers and immediately falls in love with one of the stars, Giulietta. But while his affection for Giulietta and admiration for the performers gives him a new lease on life, Giulietta's father, the leader of the troupe, opposes the relationship and is determined to keep them apart. Meanwhile, Frac and Giulietta discover a gang of children who are held prisoner by a criminal leader who forces them to do his bidding, and they devise a plan to win the kids their freedom. Written by Mark Deming

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If you have no voice: Scream. If you have no legs: Run. If you have no hope: Invent. What if anything were possible?

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Drama | Romance | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Russian

Release Date:

27 May 1999 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Alegria See more »

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Color
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Soundtracks

A Child In His Eyes
Music by Benoit Jutras (as Benoit Jutras)
Lyrics by Sandra Botnen
Performed by Irene Marc
©Créations Méandres Inc.
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A partially successful experiment
16 September 2002 | by divaclvSee all my reviews

If there is a single problem with "Alegria," the first feature film from the hugely successful (and rightfully so) Cirque du Soleil enterprise, it's that a concrete narrative structure doesn't seem to fit in the avant-guarde troop's world. A large part of the charm of the stage productions is the abstraction--the audience can fill in the blanks with whatever story pleases them, or simply sit back and enjoy the show. And while on one hand the story of "Alegria" is a charming one--a boy-meets-girl fable entwined with the plight of a group of children forced to labor under a cruel taskmaster--its presense detracts from the surreal nature of the Cirque experience.

That's not to say there isn't plenty to enjoy here, for there is. There are several fine performances here, with standouts coming from Frank Langella as the ringmaster and concerned father of the girl and Heathcote Williams as the despicable villian. Brian Dewhurst, a vetran of multiple Cirque productions and one of their most versatile talents, has a nice bit part as a depressed bartender. Benoit Jutras (another regular on the Cirque payroll) has created a beautiful and dramatically correct score for the film. The film posesses moments of beautiful, sad, and disturbing imagry, and when we do see the Cirque cast in action, it's a joy as always.

"Alegria" may not be an entirely successful foray into new territory, but when so many filmmakers rely on what's "reliable" and "safe," you certainly can't blame them for trying.


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