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502 Ratings

Strictly Ballroom

Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Australia, 1992
Comedy, Drama, Romance


This wildly off-beat comedy is about a male dancer who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom dancing and creates his own style of choreography, which infuriates the ballroom dancing establishment

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Strictly Ballroom Directed by Baz Luhrmann

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1992 | Winner: Award of the Youth (Foreign Film)

Toronto International Film Festival

1992 | Winner: People's Choice Award

BAFTA Awards

1993 | 3 wins including: Best Costume Design

1993 | 5 nominations including: Best Actress

Critics reviews

The director’s exaggerated approach pushes the proceedings to the brink of outright parody. However, the affection he clearly has for his narrative formulas and archetypes is so enthusiastic that the action comes to feel like a tribute to the enduring power of age-old routines, and the way in which dressing them up with novel embellishments doesn’t destroy them but, in fact, serves to enhance their lasting appeal and affect.
September 20, 2013
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The Australian director is known for his bold sense of decoration, but overall, he practices a mundane visual zippiness. The screen is often colorful and busy, though sloppily so, without any sense of meaning or thrill. Here, the aesthetic more recalls early Peter Jackson and John Waters, but with the transgressions snipped and the grotesqueries rendered thoroughly vanilla.
June 07, 2013
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