Hot Docs 2014: Living Stars (Gaston Duprat & Mariano Cohn)

2014_hotdocs_stock_imageHaving its Canadian Premiere this afternoon at the Scotiabank Theatre at 1:45, this joyous mixtape celebrates life and music through that most intimate and revealing art… dance.

Filmed on location in Buenos Aires, everyday folk cut loose before a static camera while family, friends and pets watch, go about their daily lives or join the party. (Sometimes watching some of the reactions of those watching, while trying to maintain a stoic appearance is as much fun as watching those getting down).

Each person’s personality, their style, their passions can be revealed through the way they move, through their attitude, and through their expressions.

Some dance for fun, some dance to be sexy, some dance and try to hard, some dance to cry out, some dance just because…

There’s no dialogue, but a very recognizable songs fill the soundtrack, and you find yourself grinning, and tapping along as people express, reveal, and revel.

I can’t believe how much fun this film was, I had a smile plastered on my face by the end of the first sequence, a dentist, whose family surfaces throughout the doc.

This one makes for a nice break from a lot of the heavier docs that may be seen this year at the festival, and honestly, serves as a nice, relaxing breather, while revealing the essence of its dancers on the screen before you.


Dance is wonderful, and when you see some people simply losing themselves in the joy of being, the release, the sheer energy and happiness of losing yourself in a beat, those are the moments you can’t help but smile.

I’ve already bookmarked this one to view again, because it was just so much fun, this is one I want to share with people!

Some of the songs may make you roll your eyes, but by that point, you are so caught up in the momentum, and joie de vie of the moment that you too would get up and dance if you weren’t in a theater full of people.

Each tableaux is different and unique, setting the area and tone for each person, homes, workplaces, balconies, front yards and parks, they all serve as backdrops to the dancers while offering silent commentary on their movements and choice of music, Daft Punk, Lionel Ritchie, Katy Perry, David Guetta, Michael Jackson, and even some Spice Girls.

This ebullient little film screens again on the 29th at 11:59pm at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and one final time, at the Hart House Theatre on the 2nd, at 9:30pm.




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