By Birgitte Stærmose

Celebrated its world premiere at BFI London Film Festival

in the Thrills section


Original title: Darling
Director: Birgitte Stærmose
Cast: Danica Curcic, Gustaf Skarsgård, Ulrich Thomsen
Genre: Drama
Duration: 103 min
Language: Danish
Additional Languages: Swedish
Country of origin: Denmark
Scriptwriter: Kim Fupz Aakeson, Birgitte Stærmose
Cinematographer: Marek Septimus Wieser, FSF
Editor: Anders Albjerg Kristiansen
Production Company: Zentropa Productions3
Producers: Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Marie Gade Denessen
Production year: 2017
Budget EUR: 2.4M
Local release: 19-10-2017
Film status: Internationally Premiered

DARLING is the moving love story of a dancer on the rollercoaster ride of her life, a drama about the rise and fall of a modern woman as she summons the courage to face her greatest trial. Darling is a world-famous Danish ballerina. After a long absence, she and her husband Frans return to the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen to perform the classic ballet "Giselle". She will dance the title role with Frans as choreographer. During a rehearsal, Darling collapses in pain. Try as she may to deny it, the prognosis is clear: her hip is irreparably damaged. She will never dance again. Her professional life, her world, is in ruins. But Darling refuses to let go. She decides to train her replacement, a young ballerina named Polly, to make Polly the Giselle she can no longer be. But as Polly becomes the center of attention, of Frans' attention, Darling's emotional stability begins to unravel.





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