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cuts through to something real
on 19 February 2012
Jason Flemyng gives an excellent performance as the dancer, not being afraid to show the rough edges of a character who is brave but not always easy for others. It is this sense of not trying to prettify that makes Alive and Kicking so affecting; the script is sharp with a theatrical edge as you might expect from Martin Sherman, and Flemyng is ably offset by Anthony Sher who provides a wonderful foil to him - their partnership is very convincing and gradually you find yourself very moved by what is going on. An unexpected pleasure is given by Dorothy Tutin's ballet company figurehead who is suffering from Alzheimer's, probably, and manages to have pathos and add a certain humour with her remarks - this might sound as if it would be in dubious taste but amazingly it isn't and her dignity remains absolutely intact. In fact her last lines are so stunningly moving they brought tears to my eyes just in a couple of fleeting moments. Really this is a film that digs deeply into the heart of things, and the Flemyng/Sher scenes are fantastic. It is one of the best films from the 90s, I think, and I'm so glad to have it belatedly on DVD.