Brasilité recommends: Only When I Dance
We begin today a segment called “Brasilité recommends,” which title is pretty self-explanatory. Amongst movies, books, and artists altogether, Brazilian and French, Jamaican and Dutch, our recommendation list will most likely be endless.
In this first “edition”, we recommend a fabulous documentary called Only When I Dance (2009). Do not be fooled by the Anglophone title – despite the production being British, the plot tells the story of two young people (Irlan Santos da Silva and Isabela Coracy), residents of the Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro, who have a dream in common: to build an international career as classical ballet dancers.
Throughout the documentary, the viewer accompanies pivotal moments in the lives of the two promising dancers and their families. In a moving manner – but not pedantic – the film portrays the daily battle of two people in search of the fulfillment of their dreams against all odds. If this genre of film is not quite your type, it is still worth watching simply for the beauty of the human body in motion. After all, the passion of these young people for dance is, at the very least, somewhat contagious.
Watch the trailer below:
Only When I Dance (2009)