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The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.

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Agustín Rejas
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Sucre
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Yolanda
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Llosa
Alexandra Lencastre ...
Sylvina Rejas
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Merino
Luís Miguel Cintra ...
Calderón
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Clorindo
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Ezequiel / Durán
Marie-Anne Berganza ...
Laura
Lucas Rodríguez ...
Gómez
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Pascual
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Marina
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Santiago
Ramiro Jiménez ...
Sergeant Pisac
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Storyline

The story of Detective Agustin Rejas, a man clinging to the hope of an impossible love in an impossible world. Tracking Ezequiel, a delusional anarchist who incites the downtrodden masses to join in his brutal revolution against the fascist government in their unnamed Latin American country, Rejas finds solace in his sense of self-respect and the joy that his daughter and wife bring him. Then he meets Yolanda--his daughter's soulfully beautiful ballet teacher--a woman who sparks his long-forgotten passions and represents all that is good and all that is corrupt in their troubled country. But she, who appears to be a shelter from the storm, may in actuality be the storm's eye. Ultimately, as the revolution intensifies and the net closes around hunter and hunted alike, the dancer's truth will prove as elusive as the revolutionary's cause and the detective's peace. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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An honest man caught in a world of intrigue, power and passion.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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23 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sendero de sangre  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€100,224 (Spain) (22 September 2002)

Gross:

$2,377,348 (USA) (21 August 2003)
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Trivia

Directorial debut of John Malkovich. See more »

Goofs

When they are searching through garbage, the female officer's mask (which is around her neck) appears on her mouth for one shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Indian 1 in Pick-up: [calmly after hitting road-side cop, about person on radio] Why does she talk so much?
Ezequiel: [equally calm] She's preparing to sing.
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The producers would like to thank ... the residents of Narcisos Street ... See more »

Connections

References Car Wash (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Viagens Interditas
(1995)
Written by Pedro Malgheas (as Pedro Ayres) and Rodrigo Leão
Performed by Madredeus
Licensed by Dpte. de Productos Especiales de
(p) EMI Odean, S.A., Madrid, Spain, 2001 exclusive rights holder
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An impressive, deep, and finely constructed movie
8 December 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Javier Bardem plays a head of police in an unnamed South American country that is teetering between a corrupt government and an even more corrupt revolutionary movement. The film's preoccupations, however, are moral dilemmas and the nature of corruption, the movie's bent is primarily aesthetic, and the acting, screenplay and direction are simply little short superb. The characterisation of a man deeply torn in a search for decency and ultimately failing somewhat through his own higher aspiration is, by Hollywood standards, monumental. This is a film that is at once gripping, original, deep and subtly crafted. The role of the dancer is also, in its own right, a complex one and one which begins to address the nature of evil, the ability of art to take us beyond logic (in both a positive and a dangerous way) and also underlines that art generally, unless specifically directed, is neither good nor evil, but more a door that we can open.


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