Ballroom dancing provides the backdrop for the Australian film, STRICTLY BALLROOM. The story revolves around a heated dance contest involving strict rules. Scott, a twenty-one-year old ballroom dancing champion whose parents wanted to win (but never did) the coveted “Pan Pacific Grand Prix” in their youth, now practices feverishly after hours when the other dance students have left the studio. Scott yearns to break away from the Dance Federation in order to dance his own steps. When his partner dumps him because she thinks his chances of winning are slim, he gets a new partner, Fran, an unpromising “ugly duckling,” for the contest. However, Scott’s new partner blossoms into the Spanish beauty she was destined to become with the help of his mother’s beauty aids, and the two benefit from her Spanish family’s unique dance steps.
At no moment will a viewer be bored or in suspense over this hilarious comedy–but he may fall off the seat in fits of laughter. The development of the characters and their relationships make the film a winner. The Australian film’s world premiere was the surprise hit at Cannes in 1992. In fact, The film received a fifteen-minute standing ovation at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, as well as a great deal of critical acclaim. Furthermore, the Cannes jury awarded STRICTLY BALLROOM a “Special Mention” in the Camera D’Or competition. In all, STRICTLY BALLROOM is fantastic entertainment.
(B, S, A/D) Perseverance overcomes all adversity in this excellent film marred by two extremely brief scenes suggesting sex (but no nudity), and one character drinks.