Documentary, 110 minutes, NR

Weekend of March 10 | FRI 2 | SAT 7:30 | SUN 3

Stunningly gorgeous and delicate in both subject and treatment, RESET depicts renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (best known for choreographing the dance sequences in Darren Aronofsky’s BLACK SWAN) as he attempts to rejuvenate the Paris Opera Ballet in his new position as director.

It’s an illustrious, nerve-wracking job, and on the basis of Demaizière and Teurlai’s profile, it’s one for which Millepied is immediately up to the task.

From the film’s initial moments, the 38-year-old seems completely energized by the opportunity to re imagine the famed institution’s work for the modern era. As he repeatedly declares, gone are the days of all-Caucasian casts, lousy stage facilities, and instructional brow-beating. For Millepied, modernization is vital in order to keep the establishment relevant, both with audiences and with dancers who, in his opinion, are too often taught to be robotic clones by abusive teachers.

With appearances by composer Nico Muhly, Opera alumna Aurélie Dupont, and designer Iris van Herpen, RESET is a delightfully aesthetic affair from filmmakers Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai, a moving portrait of a landmark moment for one of the ballet’s oldest institutions and one of its brightest new stars, both on the cusp of great transition.


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