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Neve Campbell, best known for her roles in the Scream films, has been a dancer since the age of 6. She'd been a student at the National School of Ballet in Canada and wanted to make a film about the real life of a dance company. The result is Robert Altman's The Company.This is a film that is all about the dance. It's about the discipline, the pain, the focus of the individuals in a company like the renowned Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, which is really the star of this film. Ry, Neve Campbell, is going through the slightly bitter aftermath of an affair with another member of the company when we first meet her. She's a talented young dancer who lives modestly beside a noisy train line and who works part-time as a waitress. She meets a young chef, James Franco, and they begin a romance. But it's almost as if these events happen at the edge of frame. Centre stage is the company and the company's artistic director Mr. A, Malcolm McDowell.Some documentaries are so full of drama - like Capturing the Friedmans - that they're almost like fictional features. The Company is a fictional feature that closely resembles documentary. Shot on high-definition digital video this film is about the incredible beauty of the human form in dance and the work that goes into its creation, work that involves literally blood, sweat, tears and the transcendent element, talent. It's a film without the traditional elements of melodrama you would normally find in a film about dancers, it is about the dance itself. And it is incredibly beautiful. And tense. By the time Ry performs at an outdoor auditorium in a thunderstorm we know the price to be paid if she slips and falls. Some people may be disappointed at the lack of drama in the film, but lovers of ballet, both traditional and modern, will be mesmerised as I was at this ode to the glorious business of creating beauty.

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