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The New Auteurs
7.9
/10
827 Ratings

Isadora's Children

Les enfants d'Isadora

Directed by Damien Manivel
France, South Korea, 2019
Drama
The New Auteurs

Synopsis

American dancer Isadora Duncan is famous not just for her groundbreaking work, but also for the tragic death of her two children in 1913. She processed her grief in “Mother”, a choreography about loss and emptiness. A century later, a trio of women attempt to understand and bring this piece to life.

Our take

It’s a pleasure to witness Damien Manivel’s cinema blossom with each new film. Earning him Best Director in Locarno, this graceful ode to trailblazing choreographer Isadora Duncan nests a delicate evocation of grief, artistic inspiration and womanhood. An exquisite encounter between dance and film.

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Critics reviews

Manon and Wolliaston’s anonymous character make for a pair of contrasting, engaging screen presences; they add crucial touches of warmth to what at times feels like a somewhat austere, academic, detached, very Gallic exercise in exquisite artistic contemplation.
August 22, 2019
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Each unfolds with the meticulous procedural attention of a prima ballerina and ends with a scene as perfectly judged as it is astonishingly moving.
August 21, 2019
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