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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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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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27 May 1999 (Netherlands)  »

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Alegria  »

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Version of Alegria: Cirque du Soleil (2001) See more »

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Love Leaves Someone Behind
Music by Benoit Jutras (as Benoit Jutras)
Lyrics by Sandra Botnen
Performed by Irene Marc
©Créations Méandres Inc.
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Neither Allegory nor Alegria
14 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

The breathtaking imagery and vibrant characters of Alegria the live show are abandoned by its director, Franco Dragone, who misguidedly reinvents it from the ground up for this movie. The result is NOT Alegria (only tantalizing, tiny glimpses of the live experience are seen). Instead a clumsy "story" is grafted on to its delicate artistry, set in an unconvincing "real" world which blurs rather than expands the boundaries of Cirque Du Soleil. By introducing new characters far less compelling than the original stage stars (what must they have made of this betrayal?), Dragone seems to have decided to "explain" Alegria's purpose. This is like explaining a joke - the result falls flat, its poetry and clarity of purpose are muddied - or worse, articulated by characters not so much conversing as making speeches to each other. Thus the skills of a mime of genius like Rene Bazinet are fatally compromised. One of the strengths of the show Alegria was that its language was that of athletic and balletic grace, exquisite mime and haunting music. There was no dialogue, which freed it from political boundaries. This is why the show was a huge international hit and this movie was not. Here the engaging grotesques are firmly separated from ourselves, the audience. The twilight magical world we thought they occupied is revealed to be the cheap side of town. They speak dialogue with little wit or poetry. There is a half hearted attempt to design a skewed reality outside the Big Top but the magic is overwhelmed by a welter of bad ideas and sugary emotion and lovers of Alegria the show are underwhelmed as a result. Truly this should not have been released


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