Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Spain/Argentina, 1998. Adela Pictures, Alma Ata International Pictures S.L., Argentina Sono Film S.A.C.I., Astrolabio Producciones S.L., Beco Films, Hollywood Partners, Pandora Cinema, Saura Films, Terraplen Producciones. Screenplay by Carlos Saura. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Produced by Luis A. Scalella, Carlos Mentasti, Juan Carlos Codazzi. Music by Lalo Schifrin. Production Design by Marianna Sourrouille. Costume Design by Beatriz De Benedetto. Film Editing by Julia Juaniz. Academy Awards 1998. Golden Globe Awards 1998. Toronto International Film Festival 1998.
Beautifully photographed dance film about a director who is having difficulty keeping his troubled personal life out of his latest project, a film about the Argentinian tango. Carlos Saura continues his tradition of bringing Latin dance music to the world of cinema (Flamenco, Blood Wedding), and for enthusiasts of the very impressive art form the film is a real treat. The shallow storyline will be a problem for everyone else, and for that reason the film is rather dissatisfying.