DVD Release: Tutu Much

DVD Release Date: Nov. 12, 2013
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: First Run Features

Tutu MUCH movie scene

Young ballet dancers compete for highly-coveted spots at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in TuTu MUCH.

The 2010 documentary film TuTu MUCH follows nine young ballet dancers as they plié, pirouette and compete for highly-coveted spots in an intensive four-week professional ballet summer program at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.

Leaving behind their families and friends, often for the first time, each girl confronts the painstaking and sometimes rewarding realities of pursuing her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

The daily classes are grueling tests of their physical stamina and emotional grit. “You’ve even got to love the pain,” says twelve-year-old Sidnie, one of the prospective ballerinas. As the girls learn during the course of the auditions, talent and passion alone do not guarantee success: the success of a dancer often comes down to the shape of a foot or the length of the neck. In the last few days of the program the girls find out which of them will take the next step toward the dream of becoming a professional ballerina, and which ones won’t.

Directed by Elise Swerhone, the 2010 Canadian film had a limited run in theaters in its native country. Canada’s See Magazine declared, “TuTu MUCH is full of excitement and disappointment, tears and laughter, and hard decisions regarding years of sacrifice and pain. And it’s all from the mouths of children.”

There are no bonus features on the DVD.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.