The beauty of Robert Altman's dance movie is the deftness with which it turns backstage drama into a metaphor for filmmaking. Neve Campbell (who also produced and provided the story) stars as a dancer in Chicago's Joffrey Ballet. But it's Altman who leads the show, effortlessly cutting in and out of the troupe's comings and goings as they bustle to bring a production to life.
Is it vintage Altman? That's a stretch. But it is a beautifully framed, lively tale of sweat, strain and showmanship.