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Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man (2000)

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A child is born. We see underwater swimmers representing this. He is young, in a jungle setting, with two fanciful "instincts" guiding him as swooping bird-like acrobats initially menace, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen ... Narrator (voice)
Nicky Dewhurst Nicky Dewhurst ... Young Man
Brian Dewhurst Brian Dewhurst ... Old Man
Ana Karagy Ana Karagy ... Vagabond Girl (as Anait Karagyezyan)
Chris Van Wagenen Chris Van Wagenen ... Youth
Kenny Raskin Kenny Raskin ... Man
Cully Smoller Cully Smoller ... Infant / Child
Mikhail Matorin Mikhail Matorin ... Cube Act
Yves Decoste Yves Decoste ... Statue Act
Marie-Laure Mesnage Marie-Laure Mesnage ... Statue Act
Jennifer Clément Jennifer Clément ... Character Statue Act (Mephisto Stilt Demon)
Konstantine Besschetnyj Konstantine Besschetnyj ... Banquine
Yelena Kolesnikova Yelena Kolesnikova ... Banquine
Aleksandr Leontiev Aleksandr Leontiev ... Banquine
Oleg Ouchakov Oleg Ouchakov ... Banquine
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Storyline

A child is born. We see underwater swimmers representing this. He is young, in a jungle setting, with two fanciful "instincts" guiding him as swooping bird-like acrobats initially menace, then delight. As an adolescent, he enters a desert, where a man spins a large cube of metal tubing. He leaves his instinct-guides behind, and enters a garden where two statues dance in a pond. As he watches their sensual acrobatics of love, he becomes a man. He is offered wealth (represented by a golden hat) by a devil figure. In a richly decorated room, a scruffy troupe of a dozen acrobats and a little girl reawaken the old man's youthful nature and love. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The journey is about to begin...


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Official Sites:

Sony

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey of Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahamas

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,837, 7 May 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,186,747, 4 May 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,977,246, 7 December 2000
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DTS 70 mm | IMAX 6-Track

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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And the Band Played On
19 August 2000 | by lou-50See all my reviews

"Cirque du Soleil - the Journey of Man" is a visually stunning 3-D film that would be more rewarding if it was longer than 40 minutes and had a fuller message. As is, it serves as an enticement to see the complete Cirque du Soleil performance whether in person in Las Vegas or by recorded videotape. The stream of consciousness involving the little boy becoming an aging man symbolizing his development is not intuitively complete. In showing man's self discovery and his experiences of love and joy with us, the film fails to bring us his uniqueness and his identity. It may be enough, for some, just to see the virtuoso acrobatics of the four set pieces - the underwater magic of five synchronized swimmers, the quartet trapeze artists dangling on rope who twirl their bodies forward rhythmically from their waists, the couple with precise control who raise and lower each other by sheer muscular strength on a water lily platform, and the finale involving multi-level players standing on each other's shoulders and the star figure jumping somersaults to reach a pinnacle. But these are merely appetizers that lead us astray, making us anticipate a piece-de-resistance that will not be forthcoming.


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