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Three Dancing Slaves
Three Dancing Slaves
Actors: Nicolas Cazale, Stťphane Rideau, Thomas Dumerchez, Salim Kechiouche, Bruno Lochet
Director: GaŽl Morel
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2005     1hr 30min

This explosive film from GaŽl Morel, award winning French writer-director (Full Speed, Under Another Sky) and actor (Wild Reeds), is a harrowing, intense drama of destruction, rebellion, redemption and love. Set against th...  more »


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Actors: Nicolas Cazale, Stťphane Rideau, Thomas Dumerchez, Salim Kechiouche, Bruno Lochet
Director: GaŽl Morel
Creators: Jean-Max Bernard, GaŽl Morel, Catherine Schwartz, Bertrand Guerry, Philippe Jacquier, Christophe Honorť
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Family Life
Studio: TLA
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/13/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 01/16/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Gaël Morel (Wild Reeds, Under Another Sky, Full Speed) seems to continue to test cinematic minefields and while not every film is a success, they each indicate that there is a reservoir of talent in this writer/actor/director that will eventually galvanize into to a significant voice. This much maligned little tale 'Le Clan' (oddly but in the end appropriately titled in English 'Three Dancing Slaves') has more going for it than most audiences acknowledge: for all its weakness there are some very sensitive moments about father/son relationships, filial love, romantic love, racism, bigotry, and the ever-growing dysfunctional family problem.

Three brothers live with their recently widowed father in a small town near the Alps in France. Marc (Nicolas Cazalé) is a rebellious youth, into drugs and petty crime and at constant contention with his overbearing father (Bruno Lochet); Christophe (Stéphane Rideau) is recently released from prison and is trying to live straight by starting from the bottom in a pork factory and working his way to the top; Olivier (Thomas Dumerchez) is the youngest and though tattooed and quasi-rebellious is the sensitive one whose gender issues are just beginning to focus. The film is told in three versions, one by each brother, and from these segments we paste together a family disrupted and needy. Marc fights and performs dangerous deeds, Christophe struggles to re-create his broken life, and Olivier finds love and passion with Hicham (Salim Kechiouche), Marc's friend, who is North African and repeatedly dances the capoeira, a slave dance, for his own expression and his need to connect with Olivier. Despite the differences in these young men there are repeated encounters that signify their bonding. One quiet scene shows the father awake, sitting and watching the troubled sons asleep, naked, entwined in each other's bodies: it should be clipped for a still shot as it is very beautiful.

There really is little resolution of an overall story; these three short stories simply end in their own fashion and the interlocking meaning is left to the viewer. Each brother is a 'slave' in his own manner. Yes, there are moments of violence, a pitiful animal abuse scene, and gaps in dialogue that bump the film around in a clumsy fashion, but look for the little moments of visual beauty and the movie takes on different meaning. In French with English subtitles. Grady Harp, January 06"
Three Dancing Slaves
Simon 2 | San Bernardino, CA | 01/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I agree 100% with the editorial review written by Amazon. The film is beautifully crafted, compelling story line about family dynamics involving the three brothers-all Arabs. Also, the film is culturally sensitive, superbly acted, and lushly photographed.
In my opinion, this isn't a gay film. Granted there are some homoerotic events; however, they are all integral to the story line. Plus this is French cinema at its best.
Convincing Acting, but Poor Plot Progression
Roger Williams | Miami Gardens, FL | 03/08/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This movie exhibited wonderful filmography, surprisingly convincing performances and gorgeous young men. Where this film was lacking tremendously was the plot. Even though it had so much potential, it's execution was haphazard, and too much time was spent on unnecessary scenes, so toward the end it felt rushed, and the relationship between Olivier (Thomas Dumerchez) and Hicham (Salim Kechiouche) if it were developed more deeply, would have made for a wonderful film. Finally, the ending left me lacking as if it would continue next week. In other words, the entire film felt like an episode in a larger series. It felt unresolved; unfinished. And the extended Soliloquy, conveyed in the form of letters written to Christophe (I believe) certainly did not make up for a proper ending. That really frustrated me."
Beautiful and Stunning
Aaron Star | New York | 04/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was not only thought provoking and visually stunning at times, but brought me back to my boarding school days. (I went to an all boys boarding school.) Some people call what young "boys" do together homo erotic, I just call it what it is, young boys being boys. That element pays itself out in this film. I found that refreshing and stimulating to watch."