Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sur le rythme (2011)

Director Charles-Olivier Michaud can say whatever he wants. The fact remains that like most Quebecker movie makers, Michaud is trying to make commercial films that are as fun as American films.

Although his film isn't revolutionary, it will please to its audience.
The very thin story follows Delphine Lamarre (Mylène St-Sauveur), a girl of twenty years old. She wants to be a professional dancer, but Delphine's parents (Marina Orsini and Paul Doucet) wants her to study medecine at the university. With the support of her grand-mother (France Castel), Delphine gives up her studies behind her parents' back.

In fact, a famous American choreographer drops by Montreal in search for dancers who are fit to be a part of a world tour. This is why Delphine wants to train hard. Besides, her partner is Marc Painchaud (Nico Archambault), an arrogant dancer who once was her best friend's boyfriend.

This film has been touted as the first dance flick made in Quebec. In terms of technique, Charles-Olivier Michaud sure has an eye to film and cut well-choreographed dance scenes, which are separated by a so short period of time. Add to that a soundtrack that really stay in your head for quite a while.

However, besides entertaining you, Sur le rythme has no purpose. Despite the abundance of useless scenes of conflicts between the characters, Sur le rythme is just a tedious film with a two-cents moral for teenagers: if you believe in your dreams, make them happen. No wonder the leading character played by Mylène St-Sauveur overcomes every possible obstacles.

All in all, talk about an original film about hope!

Rating: 2.5/5

Origin:Canada (2011)
Length:100 minutes
Genre:Dance drama
Screenplay:Caroline Héroux
Director:Charles-Olivier Michaud
Starring:Mylène St-Sauveur, Nico Archambault,

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