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FIREBIRD

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FIREBIRD is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 10-16
10 minutes
VIDEO
ANNE MERINO
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Firebird is a very sweet story about loss and using pain to keep going. The choreographic is fantastic, however, the story loses some of its sparkle with lackluster sound design and film editing.

The story is about a young ballet dancer, Laura, who just lost her father and is having trouble focusing in class until her dad appears to her in her mind and she is reminded of his love and figures out how to move forward. The story is touching. We don't know much about the girl or her father, nor their relationship, but are touched when he appears to her with sage advice. The ballet director is very harsh and unsympathetic to the girl's situation and more concerned about his upcoming production. Fortunately, her dance partner steps up to the plate and gives her the emotional support she needs. The final scene with Laura and Jake dancing is quite lovely and well shot, considering the circumstances. The camerawork is well done, with a good variety of shots and a few shaky ones. The opening shot in the graveyard is my favorite one.

The message of the film is that the end is not the end. Let loss drive you to better things.

I give the Firebird 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Dance fans will particularly enjoy this. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

Firebird is a very sweet story about loss and using pain to keep going. The choreographic is fantastic, however, the story loses some of its sparkle with lackluster sound design and film editing.

The story is about a young ballet dancer, Laura, who just lost her father and is having trouble focusing in class until her dad appears to her in her mind and she is reminded of his love and figures out how to move forward. The story is touching. We don't know much about the girl or her father, nor their relationship, but are touched when he appears to her with sage advice. The ballet director is very harsh and unsympathetic to the girl's situation and more concerned about his upcoming production. Fortunately, her dance partner steps up to the plate and gives her the emotional support she needs. The final scene with Laura and Jake dancing is quite lovely and well shot, considering the circumstances. The camerawork is well done, with a good variety of shots and a few shaky ones. The opening shot in the graveyard is my favorite one.

The message of the film is that the end is not the end. Let loss drive you to better things.

I give the Firebird 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Dance fans will particularly enjoy this. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

A young ballerina finds inspiration after her father's death.
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