out of the mine

Emery 2022-04-22 07:01:12

I'm going to Beijing to play tomorrow, come back home early tonight and watch a movie. I have to get up at 6:30 tomorrow morning. Digression, long story short, this is the first film review for my high-energy spoiler version.

The story tells the story of a child who loves ballet dancing in a remote mining area in England. The child Billy's family is not good. His father and brother work in the mine, his mother died young, and there is a grandmother who suffers from dementia and often talks about being a dancer.

Billy's dad wanted Billy to practice boxing, and Billy's grandpa's boxing gloves were passed on to Billy's generation from his dad. Dad gave Billy 50p every time to let him go to the gym to practice boxing (maybe in order to let Billy inherit his father's business, he should become a miner and train his body as soon as possible!). Billy was really bad in the boxing ring, shaking his head, erratic dancing like a dancer, bluffing with his teeth and claws, but always getting knocked down by his opponent.

Instead, Billy was very interested in the ballet class on the other side of the gym. The ballet class is a cram school run by Mrs. W. It is for interest and to earn some extra money. Mrs. W's husband was out drinking, and Mrs. W couldn't do anything about him. After having a daughter, the failure of the family and marriage made the life of Mrs. W, who loves ballet, dull and haggard. Mrs. W saw his love for ballet in Billy, and she decided to help him realize his dream.

Mrs. W agreed to train Billy in ballet for free, to audition at the Royal Academy of Ballet a few months later. In the traditional concept, especially in the British mining area, the concept of remote places is relatively backward, and it is even more felt that ballet is a girl's business. So Billy has been studying ballet with Mrs. W without telling his family.

During this period, there was a strike at the mine. Billy's father and brother seemed to be strike leaders. The police hover around the town, creating a tension that hangs over the entire film. Anyone who gave up the strike and went back to work would be called a traitor, smashed with eggs by strikers outside on a factory car.

On Christmas night, Billy and his friends were playing in the gym. Maybe everyone was high during the holidays. Billy, 11, couldn't help but dance, and made his friend (who is gay) wear a Swan Lake miniature. Skirt, when I was dancing gracefully, I was caught by my father! Seeing the inevitable beating, Billy got his wits out of his wits and danced with all his might to perform the most beautiful dance he had ever seen. His father stared blankly.


Dad asked Mrs. W how much to attend ballet school? Two thousand yuan is not a small amount! And the whole family's labor force is still on strike! The stubborn father finally gave up the strike to earn tuition. He sat in the factory car and was smashed by the strikers outside. He was called a traitor! At this time, my brother saw it. He ran over the barbed wire and grabbed his father fiercely, puzzled: Why did your uncle betray? Dad hugged the eldest son tightly, sobbing and said: Son, we are both old, we are finished people! But Billy is only 11 years old, he should have a future!

I didn't see how Billy danced in the interview. From the eyes of the judges, the film also does not seem to give any hints. But when Billy was about to leave, the judge asked him, how do you feel when you dance? Billy said, I don't know, when I dance, I feel like I don't exist, like a current passing through me... The judges should be moved by this sentence. In the end Billy was accepted!


Dad runs around town with Billy's acceptance letter!


The film is better handled in this shot, with several strong contrasts: Billy is neatly dressed, taking a bus to London to start his ballet career; the silhouette of Mrs. W in the dark room; Billy's father and brother wearing miners' hats, As the elevator slowly entered the mine. Different people, different destiny. They all have dreams in their hearts. Dream and love!

Finally, the famous Billy danced beautifully at the Royal Theatre.

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Billy Elliot quotes

  • Billy: I think I'm scared, Dad.

    Dad: That's okay, son. We're all scared.

    Billy: Well... if I don't like it, can I still come back?

    Dad: Are you kidding? We've let out your room.

    [straight face then laughter]

  • Tutor 1: What does it feel like when you're dancing?

    Billy: Don't know. Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going... then I like, forget everything. And... sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I've got this fire in my body. I'm just there. Flyin' like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.

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