A screenplay by Marcia Kash and Mary Colin Chisholm
Two girlfriends join a belly dancing class without telling their spouses. They bare more than their midlife midriffs as they face themselves and their life choices, and struggle to remain friends through dares, stares, stage fright, cat fights and a secret that strains their loyalty.
The self-effacing Jane and her over-achieving best friend Marnie, join an oddball group of women in a belly-dancing class where they start to overcome their body-image hang-ups. Led by the colourful Shalimar, they form a kind of tribal connection with one another until a revelation unleashes an onstage brawl during their first public performance. Now possessing a new perspective, they grapple with how to go on with their lives, their friends, with lovers and with themselves. Thrown into the mix is a dependent auntie, an agoraphobic husband, menopausal motherhood and a late-night storming of the skate board park. The story takes a wry look at how women cope with the demands life puts upon them and they put upon themselves. Ultimately these women must follow their guts and open their hearts to the ongoing dance of life.
A fast-paced, quirky ensemble comedy with substance, A BELLY FULL may remind you of Calendar Girls with a hint of Strictly Ballroom.
Developed with the assistance of Telefilm Canada
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