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Aurore

Aurore

cast: Carole Bouquet, Margaux Chatelier, Anthony Munoz

year: 2006

colour: yes

certificate:

director: Nils Tavernier

runtime: 95

Welcome to a fairytale world of castles and kings, princes and princesses, balls, dowries and secrets. We begin our story with Princess Aurore, living happily with her brother, Solal and her parents the King and Queen. Aurore loves to dance and despite the fact that it is forbidden in the kingdom, she seizes every opportunity to follow her mother's advice 'Never forget to dance, even when you feel sad'. As the unexpected secret behind the dancing ban unfolds, the King's greedy advisor persuades him that the only way to save his financially troubled empire is to marry Aurore off to a rich prince. A series of balls are set up to allow the young royals to get to know each other, despite the fact that Aurore's heart belongs to another. Known to many as a documentary maker, Tavernier successfully turns his hand to fiction in this original and beautifully crafted tale of purity, trust and regret. The ball sequences, choreographed by Carolyn Carlson, Kader Belarbi and Yann Bridard are particularly outstanding. Whilst this film has been made with lovers of dance in mind, there is certainly enough to entertain those of us who have an interest and appreciation in this cinematically neglected art form.


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