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Ballet Shoes (2007)

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The story of three orphan girls (Pauline, Petrova, and Posy), adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew, and his niece Sylvia, 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 Heather Nicol ... Winifred Bagnall
Mary Stockley ... Miss Jay
Teresa Churcher ... Clara
Skye Bennett ... Young Sylvia
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Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, 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, the dance teacher, has the girls accepted at her school by the formidable Madame, and the three go on the 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...

Genres:

Drama | Family

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Rated PG for smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Baletni copatki 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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Emma Watson's first non-Harry Potter film. See more »

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The "ballet shoes" the girls wear throughout the film are far too modern for the era depicted. See more »

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[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

Remake of Ballet Shoes (1975) See more »

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A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody
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Written by Irving Berlin
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A Shocking, Horrific Debacle - A Disgrace to the Medium
7 January 2008 | by chriseldridgeSee all my reviews

I tuned in with anticipation to what had been billed as the all-star centrepiece to BBC England's Christmas schedule. Listings names such as Emilia Fox and Richard Griffiths as well as British stage stalwarts, the programme instantly glared of lazy and pretentious direction. The start was tenuous, almost ridiculous, and descended into the depths with wooden acting - the cameo from Victoria Wood must go down as one of the worst performances in living memory. I read about six months ago that Emma Watson had turned down handfuls of roles for the chance to perform in this tripe, and did herself no favours with a supposed sympathetic role of burdened orphan that came across as nothing more than an arrogant, sycophantic spoilt brat. Just when you thought the film was building up to a resurrecting finale, it just faded out - perhaps reflecting the team equally saw how horrific this was and just gave up. This wasn't bad, it was a disgrace.


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