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Ballet (1989)

Etoile (original title)
Young American ballerina enrolls in a prestigious ballet school in Hungary. She suddenly becomes inexplicably obsessed with Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and her personality completely changes. A young man in love with her investigates.

Director:

Peter Del Monte

Writers:

Peter Del Monte (story), Sandro Petraglia (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jennifer Connelly ... Claire Hamilton / Natalie Horvath
Gary McCleery Gary McCleery ... Jason Forrest (as Gary Mc Cleery)
Laurent Terzieff ... Marius Balakin
Olimpia Carlisi Olimpia Carlisi ... Madam
Mario Marozzi Mario Marozzi
Donald Hodson Donald Hodson ... (as Donal Hodson)
Charles Durning ... Zio Joshua
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Young American, Claire Hamilton, arrives in Budapest, Hungary to enroll in a prestigious local ballet school. She meets two more Americans there, young Jason Forrest and his enthusiastic old rich uncle, Zio Joshua, who's attending an art auction. After a visit from a strange woman in black and another young man, Claire becomes inexplicably obsessed with Tchaikovsky's famous ballet "Swan Lake" and her personality changes so completely that she starts calling herself Natalie and can't even remember ever meeting Jason. He becomes worried and tries investigating the mysterious man from the school who took Claire in, which puts him in mortal danger. However, nothing can prepare him for what he discovers in the bowels of an old opera house where Claire/Natalie is about to perform Tchaikovsky's spellbinding ballet.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

17 March 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballet See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gruppo Bema, Reteitalia See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It's Almost Interesting
10 July 2019 | by benjaminryder-45940See all my reviews

I've always been a fan of Jennifer Connelly and when I heard she made a little scene Euro art film that had shades of Black Swan, I couldn't purchase the Blu-Ray soon enough. After watching it, I wish I'd just left it alone.

It's hard to call Etoile a bad film, because bad films usually fail at what they set out to do and I have no idea what Etoile set out to do in the first place. It's not a very thrilling thriller, it's not a very romantic romance, and it's not a very fantastical fantasy. It has elements of all these genres, but they never mesh and the story is simply poorly told.

Connelly is as good as one can expect given the material she has to work with and there are some striking shots here and there, but it doesn't amount to much in the long run.


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