Synopsis: Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.
Director(s): Steven Cantor
Production: Sundance Selects
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

We got the invitation

for an audition.

So we went.

Sergei took out the camera

and filmed.

We laughed a lot!

Mom, are you filming the deer?

When we arrived

at the Royal School,

there were a lot of children.

He auditioned,

then a teacher came out

and said

to expect the results

that Monday.

A whole week passed by,

and we stopped waiting.

Serezha is ready to eat.

But then we received

a letter saying,

"We're happy to accept you

to the Royal Ballet Academy."

And I remember being so happy

to hear that he got in.


Complications began

with my visa.

I could have stayed illegally,

but it would have compromised

the status

of Sergei's documents.

I didn't want to risk it.

Being far away, you lose

familiarity with each other.

When Sergei went to London,

I didn't see him for six years.

Our family practically

separated by itself.

Everybody parted

like ships at sea.

He didn't know a word

in English.

It was really hard

to let him go, to say good-bye.

That was my ultimate sacrifice.

I didn't know what to do

without him.

After he was gone,

I couldn't put myself together

for a whole year.

Sergei, is that

one of our T-shirts'?

- No!

- Oh, Sergei!

After Sergei's

first year there,

the divorce happened.

Sergei called me in Portugal

and, with a certain pity

toward me, started asking,

"How are you?

How are things going?"

I couldn't tell him about it.

Then I found out

that he already knew.

I asked Sergei, and he said,

"Please don't come.

I get really stressed out

when you watch me dance."

It was hard

for me to get a visa,

being from

the former Soviet Union.

So we never went.

There was discussion

of partying at clubs,

his skipping of rehearsals,

and purchasing a tattoo salon.

When I found out

Sergei had eight tattoos,

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