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Ballet Shoes (2007)

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The story of three orphan girls - Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige), and Posy (Lucy Boynton) - adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew (Richard Griffiths), and his niece Sylvia Brown (Emilia Fox), in 1930s London.

Director:

Sandra Goldbacher

Writers:

Noel Streatfeild (novel), Heidi Thomas (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilia Fox ... Sylvia Brown
Victoria Wood ... Nana
Emma Watson ... Pauline Fossil
Yasmin Paige ... Petrova Fossil
Lucy Boynton ... Posy Fossil
Richard Griffiths ... Great Uncle Matthew
Marc Warren ... Mr. Simpson
Lucy Cohu ... Theo Dane
Gemma Jones ... Dr. Jakes
Harriet Walter ... Dr. Smith
Eileen Atkins ... Madame Fidolia
Heather Nicol ... Winifred Bagnall
Mary Stockley ... Miss Jay
Teresa Churcher ... Clara
Skye Bennett ... Young Sylvia
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Storyline

Pauline (Emma Watson), Petrova (Yasmin Paige), and Posy Fossil (Lucy Boynton) live with Sylvia Brown (Emilia Fox), their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance teacher - come to stay. Theo Dane (Lucy Cohu), the dance teacher, has the girls accepted at her school by the formidable Madame Fidolia (Dame Eileen Atkins), and the three go on stage to help raise money. Each discovers her talents - Pauline as an actress, Petrova in fixing engines, and Posy as a dancer. Written by Hilary Caws-Elwitt

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Dreams do come true...

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Drama | Family

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Rated PG for smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to an interview on the DVD, the three-year-old Pauline Fossil was played by Emma Watson's twin half-sisters. See more »

Goofs

The evening before Petrova and Pauline's early morning audition, Nana says she can't make new dresses for them, because she has no fabric. Petrova offers to pay for new fabric, and so we see the girls attend the audition in their new dresses. But how did Nana have time to buy the fabric, fit and sew two dresses overnight? See more »

Quotes

[Miss Jay meets Pauline and Winifred after their Alice auditions]
Miss Jay: Well done, you two. Right, Pauline is to play Alice
[pauses as girls gasp]
Miss Jay: and Winifred is to be engaged as understudy.
Pauline Fossil: [starts to say] What?
Winifred: [interrupts] When I finished my dance, people clapped! Nobody clapped her, there was just silence!
Miss Jay: Dance is important, but Pauline looks right for Alice.
Winifred: She looks right for everything, she always will!
[looks at Pauline and murmurs]
Winifred: Pretty face... blonde hair...
[...]
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson and lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
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A joy to watch
27 December 2007 | by julieinbrittanySee all my reviews

This reminded me of the Sunday afternoon dramas that the BBC used to show when I was young. There was nothing to dislike about this; it had charm, an improbable story, over-the-top characters and a real feel of the period it was set in - the thirties.

There were lots of familiar faces; it was good to see Peter Bowles back on TV and anything with Victoria Wood has to be good. Emma Watston sustained the reputation she built up in the Harry Potter films - she is definitely going to be a big-name actress in the future. My personal accolade of Best Actress, however, went to Yasmin Paige who played Petrova, the girl who wants to be the aviator. You heard it here first folks - she is going to be a famous actress - and I'm not even her mother!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballet Shoes See more »

Filming Locations:

Bloomsbury, London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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