Film Review: Family Dancing

Posted By admin on December 4, 2017 5:50pm

Few films tackle the complexity of family relationships with the same grace and depth as “Family Dancing,” the new short film from French director Stella di Tocco. Teenage Julie returns from a trip to the open arms of her mother, brother, and sister but it doesn’t take long to realize that the smiling and laughing on the trip home from the bus station is covering up something darker and unexplained. As with all great family drama, a huge amount of care is given to never explicitly state what is going on but rather to tell the story through the behavior and silences of the actors as they each come to terms with the origin of the family’s dysfunction: an abusive father. The humanity and appeal of the cast, including and perhaps especially the man playing Julie’s father, is what ultimately drives the story. As the film moves from a tense meal, to the father’s job, to a party, the deep care they all have for each other and the inability to properly express it is what creates the family’s dysfunction in the first place and is what makes this film so heartbreaking. The film’s lack of a resolution is actually beside the point because it’s the representation of the family dynamic that is the film’s essence. Kudos to Ms. di Tocco for putting together a cast that conveys this so convincingly.

“Family Dancing” is an Official Selection of the 2016 Annual NYC Independent Film Festival.

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