French Netflix film “Let’s Dance,” produced by Uni France, explores the relation of aspiring dancers to different dance forms: hip-hop and ballet.
“Let’s Dance” Reminds Of “Step Up” Movies
Reminding American audiences of the early 2000’s “Step Up” movies, “Let’s Dance” does not operate on dance clichés but does fall into a few Parisian ones.
The film centers on hip-hop dancers Joseph (played by Rayane Bensetti) and Karim (played by Mehdi Kerkouche), who arrive in Paris from a provincial town to compete in a dance competition. After Joseph’s girlfriend dumps him, the two young men are left with nowhere to go except to the house of Remi, a man Joseph knows.
Joseph chooses to mount his dance crew for the competition. While he fights to become a choreographer, Remi enlists him as a teacher at the ballet school to educate the students regarding loose form and street-style dancing. It is in that period Joseph meets Chloe (played by Alexia Giordano,) an aspiring ballerina fixed on traditional dance forms.
Instead of concentrating on a typical enemies-because-we’re-competitors behavior, “Let’s Dance” indicates the original art forms and human feelings. We see each of the characters going through personal challenges and unveiling three-dimensional human characteristics. All this set against the beautiful Parisian landscape, and you’ve got yourself the perfect evening show.
Throughout one particular moment, Joseph takes a run on the Île aux Cygnes, resides in a perfectly-French apartment, and even goes to the Palais Garnier to see the ballet with Chloe and her grandmother.
These are factors a Francophile dreams of, and put together in one film, “Let’s Dance” is the romantic movie with actual millennial characters living in the middle of Paris — minus the truths of the Chambre-de-bonne, lack of cash, and bar hopping. But sometimes an idealized Paris with a romantic storyline is what you need a cold winter’s night.