Though I am a bit of a fan of Wim Wenders, which is why I watched this film when it came on Sky Arts, I was rather more sceptical amount watching a documentary about modern dance and one of its creators.
What did surprise and quietly amaze me, was, how different the pieces of dance were; all short and diverse and superbly filmed. I'm not familiar with Pina Bausch, nor in fact could I name any choreographers associated with modern dance, in fact. I'm not entirely ashamed to admit that, generally it's a niche genre within the arts.
What is great about this film is how those like me and others can get an enjoyable glimpse into this world, not have to put up the 'boring' bits and whilst we might not become converts to the cause, we certainly have greater respect for it. I enjoyed the pieces around man-made architecture; the oil refinery and under the intersection best. The contrast between the rigid angularity of industrial architecture with the gracefulness of the human form. The music, too, was very well chosen and again, had a variety to suit nearly everybody.
Wim Wenders certainly brings in his expertise and experience, which helps get the best out of all that appear. He also has made quite a reputation for himself in the documentary sphere, which adds respect to all he does now - you know that a project chosen by him will be treated with passion, enthusiasm and proficiency.
To me, learning about Pina Bausch was very much secondary and the film catered for this, which I, personally thought best. For those who wanted it the other way round, might be disappointed but I cannot answer for them.
"Pina" is an enjoyable piece, not enough of a pet subject of mine for me to buy the DVD. But, for lovers of modern dance and Pina Bausch, then I'm sure it must be.