Ballerina is a strange idea for a Neon Demon prequel indeed. Elle Fanning escapes orphan reclusiveness as an angry man chases her and Knight of Cups' Dane DeHaan on a motorcycle - both are destined to have the entirety of Paris and beyond recognise them for their artistic capabilities. The girl wants to dance, the boy is trying his best to invent. Sorry it isn't reverse, 2016 generation. But despite her efforts under the training of a former dancer, a Lady-Tremaine-type snoot wants this aspiring ballerina to stay imperfect, envisioning ballet as a source of power. So yes, in terms of French orphanage toons, clearly this story isn't anything close to the wonderful My Life as a Courgette.
But it gets worse. With a film built by the newly-founded L'Atelier, from the writer-producers of Heartbreaker and The Intouchables, you'd expect some sort of subversive merit that partly resembles Dragon DreamWorks in story and overall quality