6.5/10
1,630
6 user 49 critic

La danseuse (2016)

Loïe Fuller was the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers. The film revolves around her complicated relationship with protégé and rival Isadora Duncan.

Writers:

Thomas Bidegain (collaboration), Giovanni Lista (novel) | 6 more credits »
1 win & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Planetarium (2016)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.

Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Stars: Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp, Emmanuel Salinger
Dancer II (2016)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.

Director: Steven Cantor
Stars: Jade Hale-Christofi, David LaChapelle, Sergei Polunin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.

Director: Nicole Garcia
Stars: Marion Cotillard, Alex Brendemühl, Louis Garrel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux
Frantz (2016)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

Director: François Ozon
Stars: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Having just been injured in a mugging, Eddy earned the sympathy and attention of his estranged family and gotten back on his feet. The same cannot be said for Ahmed whose life starts ... See full summary »

Director: Emmanuel Finkiel
Stars: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Mélanie Thierry, Driss Ramdi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Soko ... Marie-Louise Fuller - dite Loïe Fuller
Gaspard Ulliel ... Le comte Louis d'Orsay
Mélanie Thierry ... Gabrielle Bloch
Lily-Rose Depp ... Isadora Duncan
François Damiens ... Edouard Marchand - le directeur artistique des Folies-Bergère
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Armand Duponchel - le directeur de l'Opéra
Amanda Plummer ... Lili - la mère de Loïe
Denis Ménochet ... Ruben - le père de Loïe
Charlie Morgan ... Jeff
Tamzin Merchant ... Kate
William Houston ... Rud (as Will Houston)
Bert Haelvoet ... L'acteur qui joue dans Macbeth
Camille Rutherford ... L'actrice qui joue dans Macbeth
Laurent Manzoni Laurent Manzoni ... Le médecin
Matilda Kime Matilda Kime ... L'assistante de Louis (as Mathilda Kime)
Edit

Storyline

There was nothing in her background to prepare Loïe to become the toast of the Folies Bergères in Paris and stages across the world. Then she created the 'Serpentine Dance'... 1887. After the death of her gold prospector father, 25-year-old Marie-Louise leaves her life in the American West to join her mother in New York and pursue her heart's dream - becoming an actress. One night on stage, becoming tangled in her long dress, she avoids falling by spinning the fabric in a graceful, magical gesture: the "Serpentine Dance" is born. The audience - shocked, then overwhelmed - calls out for more. Marie-Louise has become Loïe Fuller. She embarks on a new, hectic life, leaving New York, where imitators try to steal her radical innovations, for Paris. At the Folies Bergères, she dazzles the capital, and illustrious admirers fall at her feet. Toulouse Lautrec, the Lumière Brothers, Rodin... the Electric Fairy becomes an icon, the blazing symbol of a generation. But fame isn't all. An encounter... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

1 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dancer See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Elle Fanning was first attached to play Isadora Duncan, but was later replaced by Lily-Rose Depp. See more »

Goofs

Loie first performed at the Follies Bergere in the early 1890s, but the director of the Follies Bergere is driving an "olde tymey" car from perhaps 2 decades later when Loie ambushes him in his carpark in order to present an impromptu audition. See more »

Soundtracks

Un Ocean pour fuire
Composed by Evgueni Galperine et Sacha Galperine
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
an engaging bio pic of an avant-garde Parisian dancer
5 October 2017 | by CineMuseFilmsSee all my reviews

Historians have a way of sterilising cinema. So many words are wasted on whether a film is accurate instead of understanding and enjoying film as an artform. The Dancer (2016) is a bio-pic based on the life of Loíe Fuller who pioneered a hybrid dance performance that integrated visual spectacle and physical movement. Historians can fuss over facts, but others will enjoy what is an aesthetically intense story of creative innovation in late 19th Century Paris.

The story opens with Loíe (Soko) raised by her drunken father on a farm in America. A keen reader with a vivid imagination, she dreams of a career as an actress. After her father dies, she uses money stolen from a would-be seducer to cross the Atlantic in search of fame. She stumbles upon a Parisian theatre looking for a performer to fill the stage during interval. As a talented artist with an eye for design, she conceives of a dance act that disguises her modest dancing talent and creates a dramatic serpentine performance using a costume of batons and swirling bedsheets. Her act is immediately popular. Although physically arduous, the performance evolves to using silk, coloured lights, and dramatic music, and suddenly Loíe is the toast of Paris. When the talented teenage dancer Isadora Duncan (Lilly_Rose Depp) joins the troupe, the stress of dancing on Loíe's body, her penchant to overspend, and her emerging sexual ambivalence, all begin to take their toll.

This is a luscious film to watch. Its rich colour palette, top-shelf production values and unconventional characterisations create the dramatic energy which drives the narrative. Undoubtedly, it is Soko's physicality and her acting style that makes this film work. She has an almost androgynous beauty that the camera exploits; in some scenes she appears dashingly handsome, in others, sublimely feminine. With an emotive range that switches effortlessly from ingénue to sophisticate, she transfixes with her gender-free expressiveness, even under the on- screen competitive pressure of the beautiful young Isadora. The serpentine dance performances are mesmerising. They hang in a space somewhere between classical ballet, modern jazz, and a gyrating living sculpture draped in wings of silk accompanied by Vivaldi under spotlights. It's easy to understand their immense popularity as a dramatic innovation in stage performance. Above all else, The Dancer captures this spirit of excitement.

Reading this film as history gets in the way of enjoying it as visual spectacle and engaging narrative. Loíe Fuller was praised by luminaries of her time, such as Yeats, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Rodin, but largely forgotten in her native country. The Dancer is a tribute to an avant-garde artiste whose legacy lives on in theatrical dance effects that have become an artform in their own right.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed