While Three Dancing Slaves has some fascinating vignettes, I can’t identify a theme
that ties them together. We get a glimpse into the rather turbulent lives of a widowed father and, mostly,
his three young adult sons.
The director establishes the unity of the brothers in a lovely scene in which the three are sleeping uncovered
and nude, intertwined across the bed. However their actions and dialogue provide no evidence of such a
The film’s English title comes, somewhat inexplicitly, from the hobby of the youngest brother, an appealing gay
guy with an especially attractive boyfriend. He and his friend enjoy perfecting a kind of dance that is
said to have been performed by slaves. The French title, Le Clan seems much more suitable.
Much like the lives of its characters, the film seems to lack a purpose or goal. Neither do the characters
or the movie seem to be in search of anything. However, a pointless journey can sometimes have some
interesting scenery along the way. Perhaps that will be enough for you.