R | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Tilda Swinton's character is named Madame Blanc. "Blanc" is French for "white". Swinton has played another evil witch associated with the word "White": Jadis, the White Witch of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). Swinton portrayed Jadis in all three live-action Narnia productions.
Dance everyone, dance. It's so beautiful.
The film opens in West Berlin in 1977, with protesters chanting, among other things, "Free Meinhof!" However, Ulrike Meinhof was already dead by that point. She was found hanged in her prison cell a year earlier than the film is set, in May 1976.
The film's title is inconspicuously announced at the end of the opening credits, appearing in the mise-en-scène on an overhead sign Susie walks beneath in the U-Bahn station.
English, German, French, Russian
$184,037 28 October 2018