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Isadora Duncan's two young children, Patrick and Deidre, died in France in 1913, and the famous dancer never completely healed from this loss. She choreographed a dance entitled Mother, a tender reflection on her relationship with her children. French filmmaker Damien Manivel has used Duncan's concept to create a delicate fictional tale about art's ability to convey emotion and heal. The film comprises three interconnected stories, each focusing on a ballerina's discipline and rigor, but also conveying emotions to strangers in the audience. "The events on screen are captured by cinematographer Noé Bach in painterly images that lead to moments of everyday transcendence . . . [Director Damien] Manivel was a dancer before he was a filmmaker and has an instinct for how emotion arises out of composition, trusting the audience to bear with him as, step by step, the composition takes shape." — Sophie Monks Kaufman (Damien Manivel, 2019, subtitles, 84 minutes)