Saturday, May 10, 2014

Hot Docs: Living Stars

Living Stars Trailer

Living Stars, directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, is another wonderfully-surprising documentary, filmed in Buenos Aires. If you like to get down, shake it, pump it, or just move to the rhythm, keep on reading.

My initial impression when reading the synopsis of this doc was that it would be like one continuous You Tube video with various people dancing to different songs. However, a smile came across my face when the opening scene showed a happy-go-lucky dentist dancing to Lionel Richie’s All Night Long.

The doc captures individuals in a relaxed state of mind, grooving to popular songs, from all walks of life and occupations. Some are incredibly talented, while others, well, they just dance to the beat of their own drum.

Watch out for the Kinesiologist turned bizarre dancing cowboy!

There is a slight feel of voyeurism at certain moments, where it feels like you are peering in on a sacred moment. And at other times, a family member or friend is completely oblivious to their surroundings, which both make for interesting concepts.

You can also stare at the screen and notice subtle things, like blinking car lights in the background as a little boy dances to Michael Jackson’s Beat It.

A few highlights worth mentioning:
  • Retired people sitting in their chairs doing synchronized dance moves to Yolanda Be Cool Speak No Americano.
  • The amusing dentist that we first see in the opening scene, appears throughout the film, which in itself is hilarious because he is so animated. He dances along with his daughter to Justin Bieber’s hit, Beauty and the Beat.
  • A pizza boy/drag queen gives his family a sassy performance of Toxic by Britney Spears.
  • Maxi Trusso (look him up immediately, close your eyes, and you’ll think you’re listening to Roy Orbison; he is that good) dancing to his own unique remix, and on a personal note, a song that my boyfriend sang to me all the time when we first started dating. Orbison’s You Got It.
So if you’re looking for an entertaining 63 minutes, you got it.