The director Icíar Bollaín presents the story of the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, a legend on the dance world and the first black dancer to perform some of the most famous ballet roles. A dancer who did not want to dance.
Yuli is the nickname given to Carlos Acosta by his father, Pedro, who considers him the son of Ogun, an African god and a fighter. As a child Yuli avoids discipline and education, learning from the streets of an impoverished and abandoned Havana. His father, however, has other ideas, and knowing that his son has a natural talent for dance, sends him to the National Ballet School of Cuba. Despite his repeated escapes and initial poor behavior, the boy is inevitably drawn to the world of dance, and begins to shape his legendary career from a young age, becoming the first black dancer to be cast in some of the most prestigious ballet roles, originally written for white dancers, in companies such as the Houston Ballet or the Royal Ballet in London.Written by
Based on Carlos Acosta biography, this movie manages to nicely tell its path from a black and poor cuban to the acclaimed principal dancer he became.
Center-part is of course Yuli, but we do follow its family through time and that has a nice touch to it (eventhough i do regret one of her sister evolution is not better explained).
We of course have ballet scenes but they are well integrated in the story and it is not required to be a connoisseur.
One of the main forces of this movie is that it treats the topic between talent, work and happiness, and that brings this biopic to another level.
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