Crazy Horse (2011) MIFF Film Review


Crazy Horse is a nude cabaret club in Paris that caters for the more sophisticated and intellectual audience. Or so it claims. I started to watch this expecting to see some element of exploitation and mistreatment of women. Certainly, I felt sorry for the dancers as I’m sure the poses they take and the moves they make to accentuate the curves of their bottoms will leave them requiring chiropractic treatment for the rest of their lives.

I must admit, parts of the documentary really surprised me. Large portions of the documentary are dedicated to the dances performed, and some of them were really quite beautiful. I did not expect to be saying that.

However, 134 minutes was way too long. Some of the dances were really lovely and nice, but some were ridiculous and quite insulting to us ladies. I had expected that there would be a lot more controversy backstage, but the dancers appear to be well-respected (except, perhaps, during the audition process) and the in fighting between departments was more tedious than controversial. Anyone who has had a job with different departments who have different priorities will not see anything new here.

It’s worth watching, but if you are expecting high drama or sleaze, this isn’t the film for you.

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