In order to concentrate on her ballet career, Nadja (Sarah Nevada Grether), lives estranged from her young son Mario (Emil von Schönfels), who grew up with her mother. When she meets him again after years, an affection develops that goes far beyond maternal love.
Sarah Nevada Grether stars in the new German feature „Grand Jeté“ from director Isabelle Stever, which was selected for the 72nd Berlinale and comes to cinemas soon worldwide.
“Former dancer Grether, an American based in Berlin, is impressively committed to the kind of role that Isabelle Huppert might have taken on in the past – there are thematic parallels with Christophe Honoré’s Huppert-starring incest melodrama Ma Mere, although tonally this is a more slippery and ambiguous undertaking. Grether’s ballet training and her dancer’s physicality is a key asset; her body works in tandem with a camera which hones in on the muscles of her neck and shoulders, as insistent and piercing as an acupuncture needle.”
“The two lead actors are pitch-perfect in their taciturn, relentless and borderless radicality, from the close-ups of cracking back and bloody feet to the pressure-cooker of artistic ambition to out-of-control desire.”