A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.
Jamie Bell, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven, Gary Lewis, Stuart Wells, Mike Elliot, Billy Fane, Nicola Blackwell, Julie Walters, Carol McGuigan, Joe Renton, Colin MacLachlan, Janine Birkett, Trevor Fox, Charlie Hardwick
With a seemingly run-of-the-mill storyline – that of an 11-year-old schoolboy wanting to be a ballet dancer – it is quite a feat to have made a movie as warm and entertaining as this.
Quite simply, this is the best British movie in years. All the characters are intriguing, and the acting is flawless, most notably from 14-year-old Jamie Bell whose acting is utterly convincing, filled with humour and insight beyond his years. He is also a fantastic dancer, and some of the dance sequences are reminiscent of the dance-filled musicals of the old black and white movies.
The backdrop of the historic miners’ strike of the mid-1980s, it brings the story down to the earth and adds the necessary tension to make this film truly believable and a worthy story to tell.
I find it hard to see how anyone would not like this film.