Caroline Davis

Ballet Shoes

In Movies on April 5, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Summary: Eccentric paleontologist “Gum” (Great Uncle Matthew) has a habit of bringing home orphans for his niece, Sylvia Brown, and housekeeper, Nana, to raise – three girls, named Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil.  With Gum absent and money tight, Sylvia and Nana resort to selling specimens from Gum’s collection and taking in boarders, including a dance teacher named Theo Danes, who insists that the girls should be enrolled at the Children’s Academy of Dance and Stage Training.  Each of the girls has a different aspiration – Pauline wants to become an actress, Petrova longs to fly planes, and Posy wishes to train as a ballerina.  The family is still struggling financially, and depends on Pauline’s success as an actress for support.  After a dose of success brings out their worst, the ambitious girls learn lessons on how to use their talent with kindness and humility, and each of them are able to realize their dreams.

Highlights: Based on Noel Streatfeild’s beloved 1936 novel of the same title, this sweet film was very evocative of 1930s Britain, and the Fossil sisters and their guardians are convincing victims of the economic downturn of the time.  They approach their troubles head-on and are determined to support themselves while not compromising their dreams.  Although they are not biologically related, the entire family pulls together and supports each other.  The characters are not without blemish, so the story is not too treacly or sentimental, just perfectly nostalgic and relatable.  Originally produced for British television, the film is a little quickly paced and could be a bit more polished, but it is still a delightful story – and it is fun to see Harry Potter’s Emma Watson in a different role.

Extras:

Interviews with the actors (BBC)

Ballet Shoes (IMDB)

Other Reviews:

@ Judge By Reviews

@ janell the great

@ Literature Young Adult Fiction

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