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La Film Fest 2013 Review: Rain is Contemporary Ballet Stripped Bare

It may be hard for a movie like Rain to get noticed. Many documentaries employ the TV formula of souped-up editing techniques (jerky pan of a photograph! brightness filters!), loud rock snippets and old heads reminiscing in order to keep the viewer from nodding off. Rain leaves the decision to you. Taking the preparation and rehearsal leading up to a contemporary ballet performance for its subject, Rain doesn't take up the quixotic task of trying to convince you of the beauty or relevance of high art. Instead, directing/cinematography/editing duo Olivia Rochette and Gerard Jan-Claes have used the ballet rehearsals as a skeleton for their own creative endeavor. Although Rain is about a dance performance, the actual experience of watching the movie is that of...

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