Fabrice Champion was a world-renowned circus performer whose daring displays on the flying trapeze were central to the cutting-edge European circuit. But one day in 2004, he collided in mid-air with another trapeze artist and was rendered quadriplegic.
Acrobat is told as a first-person narrative from Fabrice's perspective, as he provides insight into his journey from the hospital and rehabilitation back to the circus life.
Three years after the accident, Fabrice decided to follow the Professor Dikoul rehabilitation program at a Moscow hospital. The program is based on very impressive exercises: abdominal training with pulleys and chains, walking within parallel bars wearing iron boots, being hooked up to a metallic structure in order to stand up. Strangely enough, it was only amidst this surreal setting that Fabrice eventually realized that his dreams for himself extended beyond the desire to simply walk again.
Eventually he returns to the Rosny National Circus School near Paris to create the trapeze act for the students' yearly end of studies show. The film follows his struggles with self-confidence, and his turn toward Buddhism. Through it all, he pushes himself toward the goal of performing once more in the circus.
- Olivier MeyrouDirector
- Benedicte CouvreurProducer