Ballerina Elise (Marion Barbeau) suffers two injuries at the same time: a devastating fall on stage that leaves her injured and unable to dance for up to two years, and her partner suddenly and humiliatingly breaking up with her for another dancer. Initially devastated, Elise slowly rebuilds her life while redirecting her efforts to contemporary dance in the troupe of real-life Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, playing himself. Opening with a lengthy performance sure to delight ballet aficionados, Rise places real-life ballerina Barbeau at the center of the latest crowd-pleaser from Cédric Klapisch (L’Auberge Espagnole; Rendez-Vous 2020 selection Someone, Somewhere). In a star-making performance, Barbeau—a principal in the Paris Opera Ballet—proves every bit as talented an actress on screen as she is a dancer on stage.
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