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Ballet Shoes (2008)




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Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige, and Lucy Boynton headline director Sandra Goldbacher's made-for-television adaptation of author Noel Streatfield's classic novel of the same name. The setting is 1930s London. Orphans Pauline (Watson), Petrova (Paige), and Posy Fossil (Boynton) have all been adopted by eccentric explorer Professor Brown (aka "Gum"), and raised as sisters by Brown's benevolent niece Sylvia (Emilia Fox). Before the three girls get to know their adventurous adoptive father, however, Gum vanishes for over a decade. Though her faithful retainer, Nana (Victoria Wood), does her best to keep the family afloat, Sylvia simply can't keep up with the demands of raising a family, and her health begins to deteriorate. Eventually, faced with dwindling financial resources, she decides to take in lodgers. Those who arrive as household guests include the lively academics Dr. Smith (Harriet Walter) and Dr. Jakes (Gemma Jones), plus curvy dance instructor Theo Dane (Lucy Cohu) and kind-but-pensive Mr. Simpson (Marc Warren). As the nontraditional family begins to see their lives changed by these new arrivals in ways that they never anticipated, Pauline, Petrova, and Posy enroll in the local theater school and set about establishing themselves as stars of the stage. But while Pauline dreams of becoming a world-famous actress and Posy longs to grow into a graceful ballerina, Petrova just wants to take to the sky as an aviator. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Emma Watson
as Pauline
Yasmin Paige
as Petrova Fossil
Lucy Boynton
as Posy Fossil
Emilia Fox
as Sylvia Brown
Richard Griffiths
as Great Uncle Matthew
Marc Warren
as Mr. Simpson
Eileen Atkins
as Madame Fidolia
Harriet Walter
as Dr. Smith
Gemma Jones
as Dr. Jakes
Peter Bowles
as Sir Donald
Skye Bennett
as Young Sylvia
Lucy Watson
as Young Pauline
Lucy Cohu
as Theo Dane
Nina Watson
as Young Pauline
Mary Stockley
as Miss Jay
Heather Nicol
as Winifred
Don Gallagher
as Mr. French
Gresby Nash
as Leopold Neville
Adrian Lester
as Mr. Sholsky
Katie Lowe
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Ballet Shoes

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

[A] pleasant if uninspired adaptation of Noel Streatfeild's children's classic.

August 29, 2008

Sisters learn value of love, work, and sacrifice.

September 23, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are plenty of pleasures in this involving and uplifting tale which the young protagonists aspire to be actors, aviators and ballerinas

December 12, 2008 | Full Review…

While watching 'Ballet Shoes,' I felt like a time machine had transported me to London in the 1930s, then set me in the midst of this wonderful humanistic story.

August 29, 2008 | Full Review…

It's a caloric helping of melodrama, but it's rendered effective by the exceptional performances and observant direction by the vastly talented Sandra Goldbacher.

August 28, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[A] lovely, honest film about the hopes and dreams of... young women...

July 29, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ballet Shoes


Minor film which wastes its time on three uninteresting main characters when the supporting cast is filled with far more worthy people.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Cute little family film. Pretty sweet and a little quirky.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

A sweet story about three orphan sisters in the 1930s with great talent who have to fight to survive and work hard to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. They learn not to be selfish and put others before themselves. Good movie.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

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