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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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Complete credited cast:
René Bazinet ... Frac
... Fleur
... Old Momo
... Giulietta
Heathcote Williams ... Marcello
Brian Dewhurst ... Old Taps
Clipper Miano ... Momo
Andre Sleegers ... Henchman
... Man in Restaurant
Matthias Krahnert ... Big Top
Steve Othman ... Strongman
Jade Fafieanie ... Roxanne
Hervé Malombo ... Hervé
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierrette Arseneau ... Vocals
Batmuhkh Batjargal ... The Little Budda
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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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Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Version of Alegria: Cirque du Soleil (2001) See more »

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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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Not what you would expect from Cirque. That's why I liked it.
5 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

Before buying this movie, I read everything I could to see if it was worth it. This is not a filming of the stage version of Alegria, this is a movie that was originally built around it and then took a very different direction. If you are looking for "standard Cirque," this is not the place to find it. Cirque du Soleil often goes beyond fans' expectations, and this is one more case. The movie is well done, though not appropriate for very young children. It is a simple love story, but with dark undertones. Rene Bazinet is excellent in the part of Frac, which was written for him. Julie Cox is decent as Giulietta, though I found her a bit flat. And Clipper Miano IS Momo. The movie alone would be 3 out of 4 stars, but with the DVD extras I give it 3 3/4 out of 4. (I love behind-the-scenes stuff).

If you are looking for the spectacle normally associated with the Cirque, bypass this movie. If, however, you are open to the Cirque reinventing itself yet again, this time on film, give this movie a try. It's different, and therefore it isn't for everybody. But it worked for me.


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