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Review of the TV series She Paradise: a dancer’s dream in a vibrant Trinidadian drama

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Based on her own short film, writer and director Maya Cozier makes her debut in a vibrant Trinidadic drama. “She’s heaven.” This is a crude film from a cautionary tale about an aspiring young man. Soca dancer – both his merit and harm.

The dance promises 17-year-old Sparkle (Onessa Nestor) a way out of her withdrawn and impoverished life with her grandfather Dad (Michael Cherry). She sneaks into an audition to become a backup dancer for a troupe led by Diamond (Kimberly Crichton). When she eventually joins the group after some clever maneuvering, Sparkle discovers that pursuing her dream isn’t what she expected as she gets into the life of parties and older men.

Because of Kozier’s previous work as a choreographer, She Paradise works best in her dance scenes, although the camera angles are sometimes too narrow to actually see the dancers move. But when it’s full, the dancers are electric. V Soca The style is undoubtedly sexy and acrobatic, but the camera escapes the smirk of the traditional male gaze by capturing women moving in rhythm. Instead, he simply observes and celebrates without exploitation.

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While the dialogue in Trinidadian English is very lively (especially in conversations between dancers), the script by Cozier and co-writer Melina Brown follows predictable beats as Sparkle experiences the dark side of fame. Together with the actress Nestor, they created a talented, persistent young woman on the screen. However, the story is thematically murky at best and problematic at worst in how she deals with Sparkle’s newfound independence and the horrors she’s going through. Despite these challenges, She’s Heaven’s captivating imagery and its director’s distinctive voice make Goat as a director worth watching.

“She’s heaven”

Trinidadian English with English subtitles

Not rated

Duration: 1 hour, 11 minutes

Plays: Kicks off November 19, Lemmle Glendale, Glendale; also available on VOD

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