Jig 2007 PG CC

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Documentary following nine 11-21 year-olds as they compete for the world title in the annual Irish Dancing Championships, Jig documents 365 days in the lives of the young dancers and their families as they aim for the top spot on the winners podium.

Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

Jig

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Sue Bourne
Studio Screen Media
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This film is such a wonderful depiction of the irish dance world.
scrapola
Although when you are bored and want to make your day go faster, it was definitely a good show to watch and pass the time.
M. Osborne
We adults enjoyed it as well, very interesting to see the world of Irish dance.
Brooke

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Schulz on October 8, 2011
Format: DVD
In a world of Toddlers and Tiaras and Dance Moms, this was a wonderful movie about kids who love what they do, and most importantly work very hard to go for thier dreams. This is a movie kids should watch and realize that reaching your dreams - whatever they are takes hard work!!! We loved it and can't wait to watch it again!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on October 22, 2011
Format: DVD
Gordon Sullivan, DVD Verdict --Jig examines the phenomena of Irish step dancing not by focusing on its most public faces--Riverdance and Lord of the Dance--but by going to the 40th annual Irish Dancing World Championships held in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2008. The film follows a number of families as their children compete for the medal. The documentary is about equally balanced between giving audiences an overview of the dancing and documenting the drama of the competition proper.

Those who've seen Riverdance or Lord of the Dance might think they know Irish dancing. To a certain extent, they do. Many of the basic moves are shared between traditional Irish dancing and its popular counterparts. However, the difference between competition dancing and something like Riverdance is the difference between a martial arts demonstration and a real live fight. Much of the more flowery hand movements are eliminated--since solo dancers keep their arms rigidly at their sides--and the emphasis is on the feet: their control, their timing, and their ability to make movements that civilians can barely follow, let alone perform. That's the chief virtue of Jig--it provides a nice counterpoint to other Irish dance offerings by giving audiences a peek at a "purer" form of the activity. Director Sue Bourne does a really effective job bouncing between wide shots of dancers and closeups of the intricate patterns woven by their feet. Those sequences--when we watch dancers do their thing--are the film's most effective and those who enjoy the more popular forms of the dance will certainly appreciate these moments.

The film's other main virtue is its narrative drive; we learn about Irish dancing from real dancers and their families.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christy on October 13, 2011
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This Irish dance documentary is a fabulous peek into a world that seems foreign to those who haven't experienced it. Bourne balances the positive and negative aspects that come with extreme sports. Dancers and non-dancers of all ages will enjoy Jig with its focus on the individual dancer. The last 15 minutes will leave you breathless!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Debb on July 28, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
My 15 yr old daughter Irish Dancer and I saw this movie, we just loved it! Being in this world for 10 years, it made our heart race with excitement. I felt the documentary was very well done, loved seeing the three families and their stories. Can't wait to see it again!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dancelife8712 on January 8, 2012
Format: DVD
I did irish dancing for about 10 years and JIG did a fantastic job of documenting what the world of competitive irish dancing is really like from day to day. It made me laugh to see the teachers and parents bobbing and bouncing in their seats to the beats of their dancers- but that's really how it is!!

Everything from the dresses and wigs and the injuries and physical therapy to the practices in hotel conference rooms brought back so many memories for me. JIG was such a pleasure to watch and I will own it on DVD as soon as possible.

This is not a movie for people who want to learn to irish dance. It is a story about what irish dancing is like at the highest level. And although Riverdance and the other shows are good, you'll never see more talent anywhere else besides World Championships. Competitions are not about being flashy or sexy, they're about the dancing, which is how it should be, and JIG did an excellent job of showing that.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol Brady on October 4, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
We drove an hour to see this movie with my 7 & 14 year old Irish Dancers and we were not disappointed. They both dance competitively and they LOVED the movie. We did not think it was too long at all, in fact it seemed just right. Can't wait to get the DVD so their (non ID) friends can see what it's all about!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By patrick g mahon on October 26, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Review By Benji Wilson published in The Daily Telegraph on 01 Sep 2011

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Remember the time when Britain lost its collective mind and Riverdance was popular? It only lasted for a year or two, but in that short period of mass cultural sedation, Michael Flatley became a celebrity and the world became aware of Irish dancing.

Then, like so many epoch-making artistic phenomena, all of that bizarre high-kicking and leg-shaking - like someone had scattered drawing pins around the Ministry of Silly Walks - went back to wherever it had come from and we all felt a bit embarrassed at the CDs in the car.

That, at least, was my position on Irish dancing before Jig: the Great Irish Dance-Off, an absolutely extraordinary documentary on BBC Two last night. I now recant in total shame, and accept squarely on the chin whatever brickbats Irish dance-loving readers choose to throw at me. Irish dancing, at least the competitive bit of it, is a hop, skip and a jump better than any other sport ever invented; at the very least it knocks last summer's football World Cup into a cocked hat. All it took, as in the best traditions of documentary making, was someone to tell us about it.

Jig followed a group of contestants in the lead up to the World Irish Dancing Championships in Glasgow last year, with the keyword being "World" - not only was this another world, it was another world that exists all over the world.
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