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Combining fiction and documentary, 66-year-old Carlos Saura directed this Spanish-Argentine dance drama with masterful camerawork by acclaimed cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. After his wife (Cecilia Narova) leaves him, Argentine film director Mario Suarez (Miguel Angel Sola), moves to a Buenos Aires suburb, and begins work on a film about the tango with meticulous care. At a cabaret, he encounters gangster Angelo Larroca (Juan Luis Galiardo), lover of aspiring dancer Elena Flores (Mia Maestro). Larroca asks Mario to audition Elena, but problems arise when Mario takes a romantic interest in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A most uninteresting and unsatisfying story pads the film between dance scenes."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"...a movie that will appeal more to those with particular knowledge of -- and enthusiasm for -- the quintessential Argentine dance."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Allows the tango, in its myriad expressive forms, to take center stage, telling the story and igniting the senses with its sinuous, elegant moves."
‑ Wendy Weinstein, Film Journal International
"Saura aims for the Fellini masterpiece, but lacks both Fellini's playfulness and easy fusion of fantasy and reality."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A sense-luscious film that conveys the passion, the exotic footwork and the sexual undertow of the tango."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A realistic, haunting fantasy with power and passion."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"You'll want to learn to tango after seeing this sumptuous movie."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The dancing is good enough to carry this film alone."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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