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With: Anne Marsen, Dai Omiya, John Doyle, Amanda Turner, Dustin John, Shari Rosenblatt, Deborah Blau, Linda Fingerson, Luciano Acuna Jr., Alyssa Chloe, Stephen Retchless, Beat Club
Written by: n/a
Directed by: Jacob Krupnick
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 75
Date: 12/08/2011

Girl Walk // All Day (2012)

4 Stars (out of 4)

When You Dance You Can Really Love

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Jacob Krupnick's Girl Walk // All Day will not be coming to a theater near you, but you can either book a screening or watch it online. This is mainly because it's a true guerrilla effort, with stolen footage and stolen music. But it does not feel like an angry, rebellious movie. Rather, it feels truly joyous and alive. 

It's a musical, but one as spirited as the days of Fred and Ginger. It begins as the girl (the wonderful, wonderful Anne Marsen) participates in a ballet class, and then suddenly gets the inspiration to do some freestyle dancing, accompanied by an awesome hip-hop mashup tune. The film turns from black-and-white to color and she boards the ferry for Manhattan. As she dances, the passerby react to her in various ways. Mostly they ignore her. Sometimes they smile. Even more occasionally, they dance along.

A few other characters enter the mix. There's "the gentleman" (Dai Omiya) and "the creep" (John Doyle), whose motivations are right there in their names. They dance around as well, sometimes running into each other, other times simply dancing solo. Other people seem to be passerby, but they're actually dancers as well, such as a scene in which the gentleman accidentally spills a smoothie on a woman's coat; the woman is actually an actor/dancer.

The music all comes from Girl Talk's mashup album called All Day. The music is an incredible collection of classic rock, modern rock, New Wave, and hip-hop, colliding in a most exciting way. (None of it is properly licensed.) The music describes the ups and downs of the day as the girl goes shopping, gets a makeover, tries to find people to dance with her, fails, and then succeeds.

Watching this left me in a delirious combination of smiles and tears, though I would imagine that dancing is also an appropriate response.

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