Battle (2018)

Director: Katarina Launing
Writer: Karsten Fullu, Maja Lunde
Cast: Lisa Teige, Fabian Svegaard Tapia, Vebjørn Enger, Stig R. Amdam, Silje Marie Baltzersen, Charlott Utzig, Sofie Albertine Foss, Georgia May Anta, Sigyn Åsa Sætereng, Morad Aziman
Seen on: 8.12.2018

Amalie’s (Lisa Teige) world turns upside down when her father goes bankrupt and she suddenly finds herself ripped from her comfortable life. At school, Amalie tries to hide her new situation. She finds relief in dancing ballet, even though the only training space available to her now is at the local community center. There she meets Mikael (Fabian Svegaard Tapia), a street dancer who also trains there. Despite initial hesitation on both sides, they become closer. But Amalie still keeps her two lives apart – and that cannot go on forever.

I do like dance films, so of course, I couldn’t skip this one when it popped up on netflix. And probably because I generally like them so much, I also enjoyed Battle, despite quite a few flaws and a lot of tropiness.

The film poster showing Amalie (Lisa Teige) and Mikael (Fabian Svegaard Tapia).

If you’re not into dance movies in general, I definitely wouldn’t recommend Battle to convince you of their greatness. But it would be the perfect film for a crash course on all dance movie tropes because it felt to me like the film really had them all. It’s like it took a template and set itself a challenge to not deviate from that template in the slightest.

That means that you know exactly how things play out. That is not necessarily a bad thing – there is a certain comfort in knowing what you’re in for like that. And I usually watch dance movies for the dancing mostly and not for a surprising plot. Unfortunately in this film, the dance scenes were not that great – and that was probably its biggest problem.

Amalie (Lisa Teige) and Mikael (Fabian Svegaard Tapia) lying on the floor in the rehearsal room.

It became pretty obvious here and there that they didn’t have the biggest budget for the film, making it look a little cheap and not as full as it maybe should have. But it did fit with the rest of the film, so that’s something at least.

Nevertheless, the film is enjoyable. It does have some funny moments, Teige and Tapia have nice chemistry with each other and if you’re into dance movies, it’s not necessary to skip this one.

Amalie (Lisa Teige) at the swimming pool.

Summarizing: for dance movie aficionados.

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