★★★★★ "Heartbreakingly perfect" - The Times
The story of the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, a legend on the dance world and the first black dancer to perform some of the most famous ballet roles.
This documentary follows Acosta - nicknamed Yuli by his father - from growing up on the streets of his native Cuba, through his time at the country's National Dance School, to performing at London's prestigious Royal Ballet.
Raised in a poorer barrio of Havana by his white mother Maria (Yerlín Perez) and his black truck-driver father Pedro (Santiago Alfonso), Yuli, as a child, was dragged away from Michael Jackson break-dancing routines, and forced to attend the Cuban School of Ballet, where a teacher soon recognizes his talent. By the age of 25, he is dancing for the prestigious Royal Ballet.
Director Bollaín creates outstanding dance routines that gives the film its vitality and joy – for both ballet aficionados and newbies alike. (Some Subtitles)