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Final Dance (2015)
Two lonely souls, a young dancer and an older immigrant, find each other briefly in this story of unfulfilled love.
FINAL DANCE is based upon the award-winning play COULDN'T WE BE by Vladimir Milman. Director Frank Caruso and playwright Vladimir Milman wrote the screenplay.
Julia is a beautiful nineteen-year-old dance student. Vikka is a forty-year-old Russian immigrant. They meet in a restaurant after Vikka asks to join Julia and her friend who are on their way to the dance studio. In their brief conversation he learns that they are dance students. Julia is fascinated by this stranger and wants to continue to talk to him, but her friend is nervous and convinces Julia to leave with her. Julia reluctantly does so. She is happy when Vikka tracks her down at the dance studio. He is obsessed with her, and she becomes obsessed with him.
So obsessed is Julia with Vikka that she tricks him into coming to her home where she lives with her parents. She convinces him to stay there. Julia's mother is reluctant to have him stay, but Julia's father trusts his gut feeling that Vikka is a decent man.
Julia learns that Vikka was once a great actor and dancer in Russia. He left Russia to find fame and fortune in America. Instead he found failure, and ended up being homeless. His passion for dance is still strong. Julia convinces him to help her with an upcoming dance competition.
Anyone used to Hollywood romantic films, in which everything is clearly explained, will find FINAL DANCE disturbing. I did so at first because I forgot that FINAL DANCE is an art film. In thinking about the film afterwards, I enjoyed coming up with my own conclusions about the characters and events based upon the clues given in the film. I found doing so fun, and intellectually challenging. I want to see this film again to pick up clues I may have missed.
All the actors are convincing in their roles. You would never know that Evgenia Milmana (Julia) and Srdjan Nicolic (Vikka) are not professional dancers.
If you are the average person who likes others to do the thinking and needs to have everything clearly explained, then do not go to see FINAL DANCE. However, if you enjoy thinking for yourself and are happy to come to your own conclusions when things are ambiguous, then you will enjoy FINAL DANCE and may want to see it more than once.