“The dancing is gutsy, sensual, uninhibited and a little too full of itself… it’s exciting how these dance sequences are treated like any other scene” –– NY Times
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A uniquely sexy dancing in the streets, sheets and bars impressionistic take on a movie romance, set in a New York world of gender-fluid and frequently fully unclothed bodies. Director Boaz Yakin ‘s (“Fresh,” “Remember the Titans,” “A Price Above Rubies”) dreamy film, with choreography from former member of Israeli dance company Batsheva Dance Company and co-star Bobbi Jene Smith, tells a story that is timeless, universal and yet up-to-the-moment.
The character of Aviva, played by both Zina Zinchenko (and at times by Or Schraiber), is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with Eden, played by Tyler Phillips (and at times Bobbie Jene Smith), a New Yorker. After a long courtship they meet in person and fall in love, settling into an intimate relationship that leads to marriage, but one, as many are, laced with conflicts. Incorporating exuberant dance sequences, and featuring a pair of principal characters played by four different actors daringly expressing both masculine and feminine sides, “Aviva” captures a restless and changing today where who we are as women and men, and how we navigate the world, is up for grabs.
Written and directed by Boaz Yakin. Choreography by Bobbi J. Smith & Or Schraiber. With Zina Zinchenko, Bobbi Jene Smith, Tyler Phillips, Or Schraiber & Omri Drumlevich. USA. 2020. 116 mins.
Rental Period: 48 hours.