by Cook Cutlery, guest reviewer

Title: Ballet Shoes
Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Format: DVD
Time: 84 minutes (1 hour 24 min)

Summary: Three orphan girls are raised up like sisters Pauline, Petrova, and Posy and adopt the last name Fossil. Times are tough and money is tight when Gum (Great-Uncle-Matthew) disappears during an exploration. They are given a chance to go to the Children’s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training in an effort to learn a trade they could make money doing.

Each of the girls are destined for something different. Pauline (Emma Watson) goes on to the stage becoming an actress. Posy (Lucy Boynton) is a born dancer. Her mother was a ballerina and Posy is going to follow in her footsteps and gets trained in Russian ballet. Petrova (Yasmin Paige) doesn’t feel like she can do dancing or acting. She would rather be a pilot. Can the Fossil girls fulfill their ambitions and dreams and still stick together?

Why I watched this movie:

I’ve seen this movie a couple of times now and I know it’s based off a book by the same name.


  • I liked watching the ballet dancers and the plays they put on.  I think they were entertaining and my favorite one was the Alice and Wonderland production. Emma Watson played as Alice and it was the start of her acting career in the film.
  • I like the fact that the point of the acting and dancing is to try and help out the family with money matters.
  • It was a great moment at the end when Pauline says yes to a five year contract for Hollywood. It gives her sisters the opportunity to do what they want to do.
  • I also like the fact that nobody dies even though the mom figure (who is really Gum’s niece), Sylvia Brown, gets sick.
  • The grandmother figure (who is really the long time nurse of Sylvia Brown is a nice woman.


  • The way the Posy and Pauline respond when they feel others are against them. For instance when Posy yells, “At least your family died trying to save you. My mother gave me away and I was left with just a pair of ballet shoes!”
  • Pauline becomes rude and arrogant with her success as Alice on stage. She comes off mean on several occasions which I suppose is the lesson to learn here: don’t let success go to your head!
  • When Posy runs away from home just because she wants to keep on with her ballet training.  I thought that was very selfish.

Buy: Ballet Shoes (Widescreen DVD)

Movie Rating: 4 Treasure Chests

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