Friday, June 17, 2011

Movie with Abe: Jig (Capsule Review)

Directed by Sue Bourne
Released June 17, 2011

On the heels of “Make Believe,” the magic documentary I posted about last Friday, which has related items that I will be giving away if you enter by tonight, we have another documentary arriving at the Quad Cinema about a less spotlighted area of heavy competition, this time Irish dancing. This British film is a perfectly run of the mill chronicle of highly-motivated children exercising their very specific passions. It’s rare to see such an art form featured, and so interesting how those involved don’t seem fazed by the fact that the rest of the world isn’t much clued in to its existence and, more relevantly, popularity. It’s appropriately invested in its protagonists, following them through the many, many rounds of competition. The sequences of dancing are among the film’s most endearing moments, but ultimately, this is a film, and a fun enough one at that, about people.


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