FILM FORWARD: Rise
June 2, 2023
Cédric Klapisch’s new film kicks off with a powerful jolt of artistry and intensity. The ballet La Bayadère is in progress before a packed house, and the elaborate discipline playing out on stage, accompanied by swelling classical music, is mirrored by a perfectly choreographed scene of betrayal and intrigue in the wings. This risky, virtually wordless sequence lasts almost 15 minutes, builds to a startling climax, and ends in a tragic injury. Rise takes a radically different tack from there, but the opening has been close to unforgettable...
Kind-hearted and poignant, Rise will win over a cynical heart or two.