Oscilloscope Laboratories will be opening the New Year with DVD and Blu-ray editions of French filmmakers Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj’s film adaptation of Bastien Vivès’ graphic novel, Polina.
The street date will be Jan. 9, which yields an ARR of 137 days … box office receipts for the film’s arthouse theatrical run currently stand at $165,203.
Polina (Anastasia Shevtsova) is a dancer. A dancer with all of the techniques learned in a lifetime of preparting for the Bolshoi Ballet. She is a beauty with haunting eyes, but she lacks one important thing … the spark; the soul of a dancer. Teach a cyborg développés, arabesques and pirouettes and you have a dancer without the soul of a dancer. Polina is such a dancer, technically brilliant, but programmed “in body” to be so, but not in spirit.
We see her first as a child, as then as a teenager, she is now ready to fulfill her parent’s dreams of being with the Bolshoi Ballet. And then she meets a visiting French dancer by the name of Adrien (Niels Schneider), and on a simple “dancer” date — they don’t go to a movie or out to dinner — the pair instead attend a recital of modern dance intrepation and Polina’s world comes unglued.
In a stunning moment of clarity, she abandons Mother Russia and the Bolshoi and moves with Adrien to Paris, where she meets Liria (Juliette Binoche), a dance instructor who opens Polina’s eyes to dance as a living thing!
Polina is presented in French, with some Russian, and English subtitles. As a bonus feature it includes a behind-the-scenes making of featurette.