Feel like getting into the air that wisps over
France? "SkyDance" propels audiences above many of
the country's best landmarks and across vineyard
laden French landscapes. Ride along with the
aerobatics Champion of the world in a cute red
propeller plane atop the Alps, the Loire Valley,
Normandy, Burgundy, etc.
And if that isn't French enough for you, the
filmmakers have injected (almost as an attempt to
create a story that hovers around the visuals) a tame
tale of romance. There's even a kiss at the end.
Yes, the story is cheesy, but I think its
light-heartedness works with the whimsy of the
flight. The whole program is just fun.
Two red prop planes rise against the snowy Alps,
roll to left then upside down only ten feet
separating. Seemingly closer when wing to wing, the
planes rock and bob. Shot with long fat cuts, that
big LF camera putting the viewer into the passenger
Beautiful images from around France are captured
from the air: from the white cliffs of Channel to
baroque castles to the Mediterranean and of course,
Paris. Though the film does take time for dialogue on
the ground (nothing educational - all mostly soapy)
the filmmakers take care to break up conversations by
moving the subjects to various beautiful backgrounds
(not just changing angles).
Somewhat of a propaganda piece for French tourism,
but poetic nonetheless.
The version I screened was in British English. The
air race is fictitious. And post September 11th, the
film may not have been possible since a series of
authorizations were need to shoot in "grazingly close
proximity" to French historical monuments.