This film tells the story of two orphans in the old France of 1880. Felicie and Victor want to go to Paris, to follow their dreams. Felicie wants to be a dancer, Victor wants to be an inventor.
The story is nice and all, but it doesn’t have much dept. You see some terrible behaviour expressed towards Felicie and not the attitude to fight against that. As as orphan, I sort of find that hard to believe. We’ve all seen Annie, the streetfighter kickback. I know not every girl is the same, but for Felicie, who has to tried to escape her miserable existence, this doesn’t seem very logical behaviour.
Also, the mother of the Camille is a grossly terrible woman, but it never shows exactly why she is so vile. Yes, envy and her wanting her own daughter to be the best of all, but you see her act in a way that is beyond child abuse even, and there is never a moment where the woman is truly held accountable for those actions. Or for the things she says. Except for the man from the dance academy, and even that is only briefly.
Most of the music in this film is far, far too modern for the time setting. So are most of Felicie’s clothes.
The music box that keeps falling down in Felicie’s dreams becomes annoying after the second time. You still have two more times to come after that.
All in all it is a nice watch for children, who won’t notice any of this, but as a grownup you might wonder about a thing or two in this film. It is not bad, but they should have worked a bit more with certain background stories, in my opinion.