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France, 2016

Production : Agat films & Cie Ex Nihilo

Programmed by Éva Tourrent



Dance Unchained


In the geriatrics department of the Charles Foix Hospital in Ivry, Thierry Thieû Niang, a renowned choreographer, hosts a dance workshop with Alzheimer’s patients. Through dance, lives unfold, memories are recounted, full of regrets, bitterness, outbursts of joy and loneliness.Blanche Moreau is 92. During shooting, she fell in love with the choreographer, Thierry. As the simple fact of falling in love is in itself madness, Blanche no longer seems crazy or mad: her illness is simply transformed into lovesickness.

Tënk's opinion

This could’ve been just an account of a dance workshop, a few shared hours with a dancer and the elderly and sick. But Yann Coridian and actress and film director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi manage to make this encounter between two worlds into a humane and tender tale. Their unpretentious direct cinema reveals the generosity and humanity of Thierry Thieû Niang. The choreographer gradually warms up the muscles and hearts of people thought to be too old to come alive. He moves these improbable, awkward, almost absent partners. He literally carries them. And this physical movement rekindles the spark of life. It’s hard to forget Blanche’s face as she waits for Thierry to return. A reminder that one can dance – or love, for that matter – at any age.

Éva Tourrent
Tënk artistic director

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