2009 NR 1h 20m DVD


2009 NR 1h 20m DVD
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Filmmaker Bertrand Normand's fascinating documentary profiles five outstanding Russian ballerinas from the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre (the renamed Kirov Ballet), following them from grueling rehearsals to flawless performances around the globe. Dancers in the spotlight include gifted 18-year-old Alina Somova, the newest Mariinsky ballerina, along with Svetlana Zakharova, Evguenya Obraztsova, Diana Vishneva and Uliana Lopatkina.
Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Evguenya Obraztsova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina
Bertrand Normand
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Ballerina is a documentary purely about dance with no iffy content. It focuses on the commitment and passion of the dancers and does not explore their lives outside of the school or the ballet company. It's a great film for families with an interest in the arts. For others, it's a stellar introduction to the rigorous demands of any all-consuming way of life.

Sexual Content

Ten-year-old girls are bare-chested in a short nonsexual scene depicting auditions for the Kirov Academy of Ballet.


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Social Behavior

Clearly shows how much passion, commitment, and hard work are necessary to succeed in an artistic endeavor. It then presents a vivid picture of the joys and rewards of reaching one's goals.


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Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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