Also the use of 3D imo is gimmicky. The dances do NOT need that gilding to explode on screen.
While the film I find competent but somewhat incoherent, Im grateful to Wenders for more of Pina Bausch on film; the choreography is at times so searingly beautiful that one just wants to cry. Btw a lot of the locations (like the Wuppertal monorail mentioned below) are from Pina Bausch's film Complaint of an Empress (a much better film imo) which you can find on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5aM96Id1WM
Such a beautiful film. As a dancer, I appreciate the mix of experimental and technical movement. As a creative dancer, I also adore the variety of locations-- on a traffic circle, monorail, tennis court-- +10 points for creativity. The 3D was just an added bonus-- not necessary, but made certain sequences (like the monorail) really pop. Recommend to anyone, even non-dancers.
"Dance, dance - otherwise we are lost." Beautiful, fun, maddening. I didn't know Pina, but I bet she would have loved this tribute. I sure did.
Can't believe I put off watching this inspiring doco and love letter from students to teacher for so long. Wenders has succeeded in presenting this portrait with the utmost respect in a manner that is immediately in symbiosis with the lady herself. The energy presented by these performers is exalting. 4 stars
Pina is a successful film in treating dance format into digital form. You really do not have to be a dancer to enjoy the beauty of Pina's works in this film, vis a vis a pompous disturbed physical performer to understand a dance theater. Most of Pina's breathtaking works are in these film and what makes it so special is that all the dancer's emotion are captured perfectly. Dance dance dance, otherwise we are lost.
I lost a chance of watchin' this in 3D form and I am regret it now , That because I thought that I may like Modern dance but i never would understand it, so, it was weird when I watched this movie and realize how it's easy and smooth to get through art and make it get through you .. It need nothing except a little courage to do it. My Favourite dances were: Joy and Lillies of the Valley
People worry so much about understanding dance that they commonly interpret anything not entirely traditional to be completely idiotic or far too esoteric to enjoy. Dance isn't meant to be analyzed in the same way a narrative film is. Allow yourself to be lost in the marvel, and stop worrying so much!
Freaks, Francesca Woodman + Roy Andersson. Pina gives me such a peace, but her choreographies disturb me in such a way that I wonder if it may be the fear of the mirror (identification) or fear of primitivism (has freedom necessarily to be the "loss of self-control"? - only by the loss of the self - that lives in social conditioning - we can find ourselves?). "Your fragility is your strength".
There is more said about humanity, creativity, love and loss through these dance pieces than I've seen in any dialog-packed movie in a long, long time. The language of motion that Pina "spoke" is transcendental.
im speechless! so much beauty, passion, love in all those moves. excellent dancers, lightning, photography and landscape. this movie is surely something really sweet and soft and mellow to an eye. it manifests life's elegance in spite of all the bitterness and pain
Every scene is carefully planned and choreographed in an unique way, a non conformist documentary that blows your mind with awe,imagination and joy.
Completely amazing. I don't know if there is any greater creative freedom than expressing art with the movement of nature. It was quite an experience in 3D.
Stunning. Transfixing. "Pina" joins "Avatar" and "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" on the (very) short list of 3-D movies that really need to be seen in 3-D. That the dances are so magnificent makes this a must see for anyone with even a vague interest in dance. An amazing technical and emotional accomplishment.
Locations! Holy! Yes! There are some real moments of freedom here that kept me with the piece throughout. The ending felt like it marched right out of a Fellini movie. The choreography of Pina Bausch really shines through here: bodies guiding themselves, driven by a yearning words can't touch. The experience was accentuated by the groovy old man who free-form danced his way out of the theatre. Dance on old dude!