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Marius Florea Vizante,
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A seasoned woman from the world of show business, recruits 11 Romanian dancers dreaming of fame and glory to take them to Paris. One of them decides to leave her husband, but he doesn't take it very well and starts on a journey to get back his wife and plenty of hilarious things happen along the way. Written by
"I am born in this [...] country and I know how it works !"
This film has nothing of the Hollywood recipe about how to make a good selling movie. You want to see a cool hero, a powerful love story, a terrible disaster, some creatures from outer space or a juicy blonde ? Well there isn't any of these in Asphalt Tango. What I discovered instead was an excellent movie which makes you learn something about a different culture. We sometimes have to imagine that somewhere on this planet there are people which have a different way of thinking, which is not necessarily worse because it isn't our own.
The director did a great job in showing all the different sides of the main characters, the way they are changed by the efforts they are making to integrate a new way of life, an always-changing-never-working economical system. Some characters just cannot accept the new realities and remain the same, others become jackals looking for a new prey. They sometimes act strangely from the outsider's point of view, our point of view, who just can't understand them.
A good scene describing this idea is the one where the French agent, Marion wants to take a decision, and the Romanian guide tells her that he was the only one capable of doing that job because "I am born in this f**ing country and I know how it works !!!"
The movie is also very funny, all the situations have an amusing side and a serious one, it is up to you to decide what do you want to see. Either way, I loved this movie a lot !
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