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Alegría (1999)

Frac, a mime who is suffering from a severe bout of depression, happens to meet a troupe of circus entertainers and immediately falls in love with one of the stars, Giulietta. But while his... See full summary »

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Franco Dragone

Writer:

Rudy Barichello
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
René Bazinet René Bazinet ... Frac
Frank Langella ... Fleur
Mako ... Old Momo
Julie Cox ... Giulietta
Heathcote Williams ... Marcello
Brian Dewhurst Brian Dewhurst ... Old Taps
Clipper Miano Clipper Miano ... Momo
Andre Sleegers Andre Sleegers ... Henchman
Chip Bray ... Man in Restaurant
Matthias Krahnert Matthias Krahnert ... Big Top
Steve Othman Steve Othman ... Strongman
Jade Fafieanie Jade Fafieanie ... Roxanne
Hervé Malombo Hervé Malombo ... Hervé
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierrette Arseneau Pierrette Arseneau ... Vocals
Batmuhkh Batjargal Batmuhkh Batjargal ... The Little Budda
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Storyline

Frac, a mime who is suffering from a severe bout of depression, happens to meet a troupe of circus entertainers and immediately falls in love with one of the stars, Giulietta. But while his affection for Giulietta and admiration for the performers gives him a new lease on life, Giulietta's father, the leader of the troupe, opposes the relationship and is determined to keep them apart. Meanwhile, Frac and Giulietta discover a gang of children who are held prisoner by a criminal leader who forces them to do his bidding, and they devise a plan to win the kids their freedom. Written by Mark Deming

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If you have no voice: Scream. If you have no legs: Run. If you have no hope: Invent. What if anything were possible?

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Drama | Romance | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Russian

Release Date:

27 May 1999 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Alegria See more »

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Version of Alegria: Cirque du Soleil (2001) See more »

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La Mattinata
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Performed by Umberto Marchi ("Tino")
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A golden nugget
11 May 2005 | by whats_that_smellSee all my reviews

What an absolute gem. This is so unlike anything that I have seen before and I was sure that it was just not going to be my thing. WOW was I ever wrong. The thrill of the Cirque du Soliel with their extremely talented acrobats and clowns are joy enough, but then you have Frank Langella hamming it up wonderfully as Fleur the ringmaster and Heathcote Williams as the dark Marcello. The best though has to be Rene Bazinet in the lead role of Frac. What a masterstroke of casting. This is a mime artist in a speaking role who steals the show. I had never heard of him until seeing this and cannot understand why he has never been picked up by other directors. Talk about missing a great opportunity. Let's hope that this man will pop up and thrill us all again.

Alegria is a joy and should have been made more prominent at the time of release. This just does not deserve to go un-noticed, it's way too special.


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