First Position

First Position

First Position

Ballet documentary following six young dancers (aged nine to nineteen) over the course of a year as they face injury and personal sacrifice on their way to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix. The Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world and awards full scholarships to top ballet schools.

"Director Bess Kargman interviews the competitors, their families and teachers, and we learn of the many sacrifices made for the sake of ballet. The kids' love for dance helps them struggle through injured feet and near exhaustion, all while navigating the drama and changes that come with adolescence. Prepare to be moved and inspired by these gifted young dancers." (Toronto International Film Festival 2012)

2011Rating: G94 minsUSA
Documentary
Director:
Bess Kargman (feature debut)
92%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

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Touching, enormously satisfying documentary.

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Total Film

Total Film

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If you thought Black Swan made ballet look grim, this festival-fave documentary offers an earthier but no less griping portrait of the profession's crippling realities.

4.0
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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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Could brighten the most forlorn perspective on the state of the American dream.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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An appealing, largely upbeat documentary.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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It's humane, involving and inspirational.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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These performers are so young, so serious, so full of dreams and so hard on themselves that it is difficult not to be moved by their striving.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Settles for heartwarming "follow your dreams" platitudes rather than following the cold realities of being a dancer.

2.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Overcomes its predictable elements thanks to the inherent visual drama of watching children strain their bodies to the limit in obsessive pursuit of their goals.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A touching look at ballet's battle-hardened youngsters.

3.0
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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The stakes of the final competition are heart-poundingly high, even for those who don't give a damn about tights and tutus.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Touching, enormously satisfying documentary.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

If you thought Black Swan made ballet look grim, this festival-fave documentary offers an earthier but no less griping portrait of the profession's crippling realities.

4.0
0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Could brighten the most forlorn perspective on the state of the American dream.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An appealing, largely upbeat documentary.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's humane, involving and inspirational.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

These performers are so young, so serious, so full of dreams and so hard on themselves that it is difficult not to be moved by their striving.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Settles for heartwarming "follow your dreams" platitudes rather than following the cold realities of being a dancer.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Overcomes its predictable elements thanks to the inherent visual drama of watching children strain their bodies to the limit in obsessive pursuit of their goals.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A touching look at ballet's battle-hardened youngsters.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The stakes of the final competition are heart-poundingly high, even for those who don't give a damn about tights and tutus.

0

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