Date created: April 2010
Release date 2000
Duration 115 min
Producer(s) Caroline Baron, Laurence Mark...more
Director(s) Nicholas Hytner...more
Writer(s) Carol Heikkinen...more
Cast Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Susan May Pratt...more
[waves to sit down]
Wait. All my life I've wanted to be one of ABC's perfect ballerinas. I wanted to be you, Juliette. But I'm not you, and I'm not perfect,I'm just me, bad feet and all, and I'm starting to think that I like that just as much.
[begins to speak]
No, because if you're not going to offer me a place in the company I don't want to hear it. And if you are, I might not have the strength to say no, and then I would be spending my best dancing years in the back of a corps waving a rose back and forth, and I'm better than that. So thank you, Jonathan, for turning me into the best dancer I can be, I appreciate it more than I can say, really. Because the best dancer I can be is a principal in Cooper Neilson's new company.
I've got priorities. I mean, you only get to be a dancer for ten years - maybe fifteen if you don't get injured. So for the next decade at least...
Hey, all I'm asking for is a date...
Look, you're a smart girl, Jody. If you turn in your application now, you can still get into a good college.
But... I don't want to go to college. I want to dance.
Yeah? Well so do a lot of people.
If this is what I wanted, I wouldn't be as unhappy as I've been. I'd have friends, I'd sleep well, I wouldn't throw up half the things that I eat.
You watch your weight, there's nothing wrong with that!
Mom, I'm telling you I'm unhappy and sick. I can't do this any more!
But it's your dream. You just don't give up on your dream.
It's your dream, and it matters more to you than anything ever did to me. So I did it, but I can't any more.
I know what regret feels like, and I don't want that for you.
That's what ballet would be... a life of wishing that I found something I loved, instead of something I just happened to do well. I'm not you, Mom. You didn't have the feet. I don't have the heart.
Mom. Oh, I'm so happy you guys are here.
We wanted to see what you've been up to this past year. And I've gotta tell you, that was the most fantastic thing I've ever seen.
It was great, honey. And just - just wonderful.
You wanna know something stupid? I'd actually started to believe I didn't need to hear that anymore.