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Alegria (1999)

Cast: Rene Bazinet, Rene Bazinet, Frank Langella, more...
Director: Franco Dragone, Franco Dragone
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Romance, Netherlands
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

The acclaimed Canadian performance troupe Cirque de Soleil, which combines acrobatics, magic, music, and theater into spectacular stage productions, brings one of their most popular shows to the screen in Alegria. Frac (Rene Bazinet), a mime who is suffering from a severe bout of depression, happens to meet a troupe of circus entertainers and immediately falls in love with one of the stars, Giulietta (Julie Cox). But while his affection for Giulietta and admiration for the performers gives him a new lease on life, Giulietta's father (Frank Langella), the leader of the troupe, opposes the relationship and is determined to keep them apart. Meanwhile, Frac and Giulietta discover a gang of children who are held prisoner by a criminal leader (Heathcote Williams) who forces them to do his bidding, and they devise a plan to win the kids their freedom. While Alegria offers plenty of the theatrical dazzle that has made Cirque de Soleil famous, it has a stronger narrative structure than the original stage production and blends the talents of several noted film actors with the stars of the Cirque company. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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A Cirque du Soleil movie without Cirque du Soleil by CSullivan July 17, 2003 - 6:48 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This movie was a total fake-out. If you love watching Cirque du Soleil's amazing, virtually inhuman acrobats, balancing acts, contortions, feats of strength and coordination then you'll need to rent a different movie--you'll get only the barest glimpses of any of these performances. I would suggest Dralion if you want to see Cirque in its glory. With Alegria, Franco Dragone (the director) decided to focus on the emotions behind the circus, to tell the story of the forming of Cirque du Soleil, which could have made a nice featurette on another DVD, but this is all told with the incomprehensible farcical French flair that make Cirque so much fun, but is much less entertaining in a over long "Romantic Drama". Besides, they focus too much on the I hate clowns.

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