Pina Review

“Express Yourself With Your Body”

February 21st, 2012

Pina is a 2011 3D documentary film.

Directed by: Wim Wenders.

For me, documentaries are the hardest to review. I can't really put a rating on story or acting, but I can put a rating on an artistic point of view from the director and how his/her interpretation can become a visual extravaganza. Pina, as the documentary title writes, whose full name is Pina Bausch. She used to be a German performer of modern dance, choreographer, dance teacher and ballet director. She was known to have a unique style with a specific blend of movements and she became a leading influence since the 1970s in the world of modern dance. This film serves as a tribute to all her work.

Personally, I know nothing about Pina Bausch. Hell, I didn't know there was a documentary about her work until I went to the movies last week. I looked it up and decided to dazzle my mind with a new doc. Much to my surprise, tastefully done, and a great model for all new filmmakers out there, like myself. I learned after the documentary ended that you can express your characters emotions by the way they move their body; their hands, feet, head, the whole package. Ever seen been to a theater to watch a play? Being on stage, there is no one yelling "CUT!" during the show in order to start all over again. The show must go on! The actors on stage can't depend on their voice to sway the audience; they must embody their talent by how they express their dialog with their whole body.

This was the issue back in the day with silent films. Recording words was unavailable. So actors had to get creative and use facial expressions and montage a set of moves with their body to lead their characters and convince the audience of the emotional state they emitted on screen. I was blown away by the dedication the performers on screen took to express their respective roles. Each time the camera took a piece of interviews to get to know the performers, and how Pina Bausch changed their lives and style of acting with dancing. I'm happy to day PINA deserves the nomination, and should get a win, although, a nomination isn't terrible, so, my best to the team.

Visually, the dances are spectacular and unique. I may have had trouble detecting what emotion was being expressed or the story behind the piece, but when you listen to the interviews, you get a sense of what is happening. The sound editing was genius. The team managed to emphasize the footsteps in every performance with crisp attention.

Overall, if you ever need an example on how to achieve a silent movie, Pina is your example. If you love the theater and dance, this movie is for you. If you don't, then you should see this documentary regardless of preference.

Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.

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