(director/writer: Wim Wenders; cinematographers: Hélène
Louvart/Jörg Widmer; editor: Toni Froschhammer;
Hanreich; cast: Pina Bausch; Runtime: 99; MPAA
Rating: NR; producers: Wim Wenders/ Gian-Piero Ringel/Wolfgang
Bergmann/Gabriele Heuser/Dieter Schneider;
Artificial Eye; 2011-Germany-in German, English, Russian, Italian,
French, Slovenian, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese
with English subtitles)
"It's an enchanting film, one that makes you feel you are missing something dear if you don't dance or appreciate it as an art form."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
veteran German documentarian/film-maker
Wim Wenders ("The End of Violence"/"Lisbon
Story"/"Paris, Texas") helms this
feature-length dance film in 3D (I saw the DVD, which
was in a regular format). Wenders pays tribute to the
renown German choreographer, Pina Bausch, who died in the summer of
2009 at the age of 68. The moving documentary has
performance by the ensemble of the Tanztheater
Wuppertal. The film mostly tells us about Pina through
showing the company dance, introduce themselves and
speak their piece on their beloved Pina in as few
words as possible and, at times, the dancers are
followed around the surrounding areas of
Wuppertal--the city in northwest Germany that was home to Pina for
her 35 year stint with the dance company.
All-in-all we get a good
look at Pina's work, her surroundings, the high
regard she was held to by the dancers and how the
emotions of love and pain are so prominent in her
We observe four of Pina's
signature dances, such as "Le Sacred du printemps,"
"Café Müller," "Vollmond," and "Kontakthof." Some of the shorter dances take place
outdoors, in such places as a park and under a
monorail. The innovative dancing is thrilling, Pina's
outlook to dance is spiritually uplifting and the legendary dancer and choreographer's
philosophy can be summed up in the words that end the
film: "Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost."
One dancer says that the
chain-smoking Pina's only advice to her in all her
years in her company was "You just have to get
The warm and friendly
love-fest film also has a few shots of invaluable archival footage of Pina.
It's an enchanting film, one that makes you feel you are missing something dear if you don't dance or appreciate it as an art form.
REVIEWED ON 12/30/2011 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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