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Darling (2017)

DARLING is the moving love story of a dancer on the rollercoaster ride of her life, a drama about the rise and fall of a modern woman as she summons the courage to face her greatest trial.


Birgitte Stærmose
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Credited cast:
Danica Curcic ... Darling
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Frans
Ulrich Thomsen ... Kristian
Henrik Noël Olesen ... Proporty master
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aviad Arik Herman Aviad Arik Herman ... Dancer
Benjamin Buza Benjamin Buza ... Ballet dancer
Johanna Bystrom Johanna Bystrom ... Dancer
Julie Carlsen Julie Carlsen ... Doctor
Lina Ekblad Lina Ekblad ... Dancer
Astrid Grarup Elbo Astrid Grarup Elbo ... Polly
Josefin Frankert Josefin Frankert ... Dancer
Maria Hammersson Maria Hammersson ... Dancer
Anthony B. Hardt Anthony B. Hardt ... American doctor
Daniel Hausenkamph Daniel Hausenkamph ... Dancer
Robin Ivarsson Robin Ivarsson ... Dancer


Darling is a world-famous Danish ballerina. After a long absence, she and her husband Frans return to the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen to perform the classic ballet "Giselle". She will dance the title role with Frans as choreographer. During a rehearsal, Darling collapses in pain. Try as she may to deny it, the prognosis is clear: her hip is irreparably damaged. She will never dance again. Her professional life, her world, is in ruins. But Darling refuses to let go. She decides to train her replacement, a young ballerina named Polly, to make Polly the Giselle she can no longer be. But as Polly becomes the center of attention, of Frans' attention, Darling's emotional stability begins to unravel.

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The international premiere of the movie was held in the old opera house in Gothenburg during the film festival. See more »

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A fantastically watchable "ballet within a ballet" with a great female protagonist!
9 October 2017 | by marilynannewalkerSee all my reviews

Just saw this film at the BFI film festival opening last Friday and I never took my eyes from the screen. Great female protagonist, easy to empathize with, and eminently watchable. The cinematography & costuming, the focus on close-in shots make the film compelling: I keep revisualising Darling with her fuzzy sweater, her paper thin shirts. The film draws you into her world, her drives, her hopes, but Franz and Polly are also sympathetic characters. And you definitely don't have to be interested in ballet to love this movie!

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19 October 2017 (Denmark) See more »

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