Bobbi Jene

Bobbi Jene Smith, the subject of Danish filmmaker Elvira Lind’s exquisite documentary, is an Iowa-born, Juilliard-trained dancer who moved to Israel when she was 21 to join the Batsheva Dance Company. At age 30, she decides to move back to the U.S. and launch a solo career in San Francisco, then New York City, all while maintaining a long-distance relationship with her younger boyfriend in Tel Aviv. Shot over the course of three years, Lind’s film mines the anxieties that many women face when they realize they’re no longer young—when previously vague ideas about motherhood, marriage, and success become urgent. The access Smith grants Lind is remarkable: she seems as open while talking to the camera as she is in intimate moments with her boyfriend, a reflection of the physical and emotional forthrightness of her onstage work.