The Dancer Upstairs

BB.5

(out of 5)


For all its passionate photography, score, convoluted political story and rich cast, this is a surprisingly unaffecting movie. Directed by John Malkovich, it stars  as a South American police detective who is on the hunt for a revolutionary named Ezequiel, a man gathering the people in a revolt against their fascist government. Bardem puts himself in quite a few dangerous situations looking for this man, taking pleasure only in the company of his loving wife and beautiful daughter. When he befriends and then later becomes attached to his daughter’s beautiful dance instructor (), he threatens his personal life as well as his professional one when she turns out to be connected to the wrong people. The atmosphere that Malkovich creates is terrific, hearkening back to the good old days of the Costa-Gavras political thrillers, but the screenplay is a rambling mess and the storyline too confusing.


Fox Searchlight Pictures, Lolafilms, Mr. Mudd, Antena 3 Televisión, Vía Digital

Spain/USA, 2002

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his novel

Cinematography by

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Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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