Lucie is an aerial dancer who is quite good but one day after falling from a building she falls into a coma. After waking from her coma, she decides that she still wants to train for a competitive dance troupe with her partner but she wants to try something different and dance on the ground. While she is staying at a hotel, she meets a man named Vincent who she discovers is a good dancer but no longer dances. As she tries to learn how to dance on the ground she develops a relationship with Vincent and through a series of events she finds answers to questions she never thought she would find the answers to.
This movie features two major characters: Lucie and Vincent. After suffering an injury from falling off a building while aerial dancing. After being stuck in a coma after her injury, Lucie is still determined to get back to dancing. Although she suffers a bit of PTSD from her fall, she is still determined to keep learning new styles. While she learns, she is passionate and determined to master her new craft. Vincent, on the other hand, is an ex-convict and ex-dancer after a dancing accident. Vincent is a tormented soul who is stuck in the past and shoulders more responsibility than he is able. Through meeting Lucie, he begins his road to recovery.
Break was such a wonderful movie to watch and enjoy. Originally released in France in 2018, Netflix just recently dropped this movie this year. Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. It was beautiful, captivating, and just a pleasure to watch. Just a quick note that the native language of this movie is French. With my background in French, I was able to enjoy this movie in its native tongue. I cannot say how accurate it is in the dub, but in French, the dialogue sounded great and has nice flow.
Now, before I delve deeper into the positives of this movie, I’m just going to quickly get the negatives out of the way. Being an hour and half long, there were some aspects of the story and of the characters that I wished were more developed. I wish they went into the relationship between Lucie and her father a bit more, just so we can understand their bond just a bit more. I also wish we got to see a bit more of Lucie’s development of her dance as well as her relationship with Vincent. With the way it was shot, it just seemed like everything happened a bit too fast and you couldn’t grasp how much time had passed.
Anyways, with that out of the way, let’s get into the positives. Now the first thing that catches your eye right from the start of the movie is the flawless choreography of the dances. Each move was so precise and elegant, and it made my jaw drop. I’m not the best judge of dancing, but every scene that showed the actors and their moves really demonstrated their talent and passion for their craft. Even with scenes that had characters practicing, each motion had a meaning behind them, and they all left an impact. Another great thing about the dance was that it was the gauge to see the development of Lucie. In the beginning, she was trying hard to learn and stand up again after her accident, and by the end of the movie, her confidence in all her moves was refreshing and fulfilling after all she had to endure throughout the movie. Another great thing was the setting and the atmosphere. This movie takes place in a more run-down area. It isn’t your typical happy and lush setting. It was gritty and hard, which all added to the characters and everything they stood for. It makes you sympathize with some of their actions and with this type of setting, it really beings out the struggles of the characters. The final great thing about this movie is the message they portray. This story is about standing up and righting your wrongs, to have courage in the face of adversity, and to take risks for your own happiness. Each character was able to portray these themes through their struggles, and it was awe-inspiring to see them persevere.
Overall, this was an amazing movie to watch. Even if French isn’t a language you can understand, it is still worth it to watch for the choreography and the dances.
I enjoyed this movie. I think you will too. It brings a lot of different aspects to the table in terms of plot, characters, some incredible choreography, and great tension control. What I mean by tension control is that there are many scenes in this movie, where the emotion runs high, and the writers and producers do a great job of either relieving that with some comedy, or they let it go to further develop either the characters or the plot.
The plot is compelling and very captivating from the very beginning. It’s a pretty emotional plotline, but it is super unique and ever-changing. It’s unpredictable and that keeps you on toes when watching this movie. The ending is pretty cool, but it surprised me when it happened. This entire plot is strong, but it hangs on the characters.
These characters are incredibly written, and the acting is phenomenal. The characters are pretty dynamic, and they grow so much throughout the film, developing based on the characters around them. The amount of time and effort that went into making the choreography look so easy is incredible, and that reflects the type of dedication to the craft that we see throughout this one.
This is a French movie dubbed over in English, but I thought they did a good job. If you can watch it in French, it’s much smoother and the dialogue flows properly, but the English version doesn’t take away from the movie. From the second dub movie in a row, these subtitles aren’t even close. It’s almost worth turning them off, regardless of which language you watch this in. Regardless, I would recommend checking this emotional, captivating movie out on Netflix next time you are looking for something new!
Having seen other “dance movies” like this before I was excited to see how this movie would turn out and overall, it was quite good. One quick disclaimer that this movie is from France and is dubbed though I am lucky enough to have French as a second language so I watched the film in French but I spoke to my fellow reviewers who said the dub was well done. The best part of this movie was the dancing, with some stellar choreography and many cool techniques and styles shown throughout. A standout scene in my opinion was an underground dance battle that was entertaining to watch as each dancer tried to show the others up. The emotional stakes and drama were interesting as well with characters that you really feel for and that have problems that are relatable to most people and that was well portrayed by the actors. The problems that are presented in the film actually do have lasting consequences which I enjoyed and the resolutions weren’t always clear cut or as simple as someone might think. There are a few surprises in the film that caught me off guard and that made me happy with some cliché dodges as well. The ending to this film was unexpected but I think actually worked for its story. If I had any complaints, I would have to say that some plot lines did not get resolved with one in particular that I wanted to see how it finished and it just sort of ended.
All in all I would say this is a good film that I would recommend if you want to see some good dancing and some good emotional drama this is for you.
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Great review – this is going on my Netflix list…