Movie theater.  "Resilient Man", a documentary on the rebirth of star dancer Steven McRae

Movie theater. “Resilient Man”, a documentary on the rebirth of star dancer Steven McRae

Return to the light and dance despite everything… In 2018, at the height of his career, Steven McRae, principal dancer at the Royal Ballet in London, seriously injured his Achilles tendon, to the point of collapsing on stage . While his career seems to be over, the thirty-year-old begins a draconian rehabilitation program, passing from the hands of caregivers to those of his trainers, trying to return to the highest level. Two and a half years punctuated by doubts and frustrations that the Australian dancer goes through as a father invested on a daily basis with his three young children, with whom he rebuilds his life. But dance has shaped this seemingly simple life in a unique way. Before devoting himself to their family, Liz, his wife and pillar, was herself a soloist with the Royal Ballet. Like her, Steven McRae felt the call to dance at a very young age… Spotted as a teenager, he had to leave Australia and emigrate to Europe to pursue a career. With discretion, Stéphane Carrel's camera captures key moments where it apprehends Steven's fragility, during a work session with his coach, Lesley Collier (who shared the stage with Mikhaïl Baryshnikov), or during a sumptuous sequence rehearsed with his partners, Sarah Lamb or Anna Rose O'Sullivan, star dancers. Then, the artist forgets his fears and rediscovers the childish intoxication of freedom, at the origin of his vocation. Our opinion: PPP

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