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The fifty years old Jean-Claude has a boring life, working in a notary office of his own and as court official evicting tenants or seizing properties... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Patrick Chesnais ... Jean-Claude

Anne Consigny ... Françoise
Georges Wilson ... Le père de Jean-Claude
Lionel Abelanski ... Thierry, le fiancé de Françoise
Cyril Couton ... Le fils de Jean-Claude
Geneviève Mnich ... La mère de Françoise
Hélène Alexandridis ... La soeur de Françoise
Anne Benoît ... La secrétaire
Olivier Claverie ... Le dragueur cours de tango
Marie-Sohna Condé ... Rose Diakité (as Marie-Sonha Condé)
Isabelle Brochard ... L'aide-soignante
Stéphan Wojtowicz ... Le médecin
Pedro Lombardi ... Le professeur de tango
Pascal Praud ... Journaliste sportif (voice)
Géraldine Rojas ... Danseuse tango spectacle
Javier Rodriguez ... Danseur tango spectacle
Valérie Kéruzoré ... Vendeuse parfumerie
Isabelle Spade ... Vendeuse magasin robes de mariées

Régis Romele ... Policier n°1 (as Régis Romelé)
Thierry Cazals ... Policier n°2
Alexandre Ducène ... Fils soeur de Françoise
Cynthia Faure ... Fille soeur de Françoise

Yves Lambrecht ... Mari soeur de Françoise
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iris Besse
Laurent Cotillard ... Un élève du cours de tango
Géraldine Loubet
Tara Valdès ... Une élève du cours de tango

Directed by
Stéphane Brizé 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stéphane Brizé 
Juliette Sales 

Produced by
Miléna Poylo .... producer
Gilles Sacuto .... producer
Original Music by
Eduardo Makaroff 
Christoph H. Müller 
Cinematography by
Claude Garnier 
Film Editing by
Anne Klotz 
Casting by
Brigitte Moidon 
Production Design by
Valérie Saradjian 
Costume Design by
Ann Dunsford 
Makeup Department
Jean-Marie Cuvilo .... key hair stylist
Sylvie Leray .... makeup artist
Stéphanie Selva .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Christophe Desenclos .... production manager (as Christophe Désenclos)
Bruno Duron .... unit production manager
François Pichon .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stéphanie Champault .... second assistant director
Eloïse de Beaucourt .... additional third assistant director
Maurice Hermet .... first assistant director
Art Department
Thierry Fièvre .... property master
Patrick Widdrington .... key construction
Sound Department
Emmanuel Croset .... sound mixer
Philippe Deschamps .... trainee sound mixer
Xavier Griette .... sound
Hervé Guyader .... chief sound editor
Nicolas Lefebvre .... dialogue editor
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Julien Sicart .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Audrey Kleinclaus .... visual effects coordinator: L'EST
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Crotto .... still photographer (as Michaël Crotto)
Jean-Marc Dupuy .... additional grip
Jean Monneret .... key grip
Casting Department
Marie Pierre Delabrière .... extras casting (as Marie-Pierre Vau)
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Gwenaëlle Hubert .... assistant editor
Location Management
François Pichon .... location manager
Music Department
Bruno Mercere .... music mixer
Other crew
Nicole Marie .... script supervisor
Marie Van Wanbeke .... production secretary
Manuel Blanc .... thanks

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France:93 min
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-3 | Germany:0 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
True to the Tango "Melancolía", 24 July 2006
Author: kabosse

I went to see this movie because it was advertised as having Argentine tango in it. I am a tango dancer and I was completely blown away by it. But even so let me emphasize that this is not only a movie for tango dancers. I spoke to a non-tango dancer right after the showing and she was equally fascinated. But since this was the reason I wanted to see the film, I choose the tango angle to comment on it.

In this movie tango serves as a metaphor for how people communicate and "meet", in the truest sense of the word. But apart from this Argentinian input it is very French in so far as it has all the significant qualities of a typical French flick: long takes, close-ups, much silence, and intense but subtle emotions -- mostly all of the above at the same time. And altogether quite conducive to the tango content, much more so than an American production could have achieved I daresay.

All throughout the 20th century the Tango and France, especially Paris, have formed a lasting, passionate bond, a love affair that feeds both sides and still prospers. Tango is everywhere in Paris. It's as much part of the upper middle class culture as going to vernissages is. It is useful to know this, otherwise one could wonder how the main protagonist Jean-Claude Delsart, a middle-aged, very reclusive marshal, could so easily end up on the floor of the tango studio across the street from his office.

The way Argentine tango is portrayed in this movie is gracefully true to the soul of tango. It has only one "flashy" scene, a performance by a professional tango couple and as usual with public tango performances, I find this one of its weakest moments: pure form and posture, completely void of feelings and emotions.

But the important scenes in the studio do capture aptly what is so fascinating and endearing about (the mastering of) this dance: the carefulness and timidity in a beginner's approach toward his or her partner's body; the subtlety; the listening; the addictiveness of the intimate atmosphere; the beautiful, beautiful music; the gradually growing confidence and freedom; and

- sometimes, eventually - the passion.

Tango can, at times, have a quite positive and joyful air about it. But its origins have much more in common with what the Portuguese call "fado". A melancholic mood, full of heartache and longing, with the heaviness of reality weighing down on minds and souls that are capable of enduring deep sorrow and intense passion.

This is what the movie is about. "Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé" could be translated as "I do not exist to be loved". A stark, even cruel normative statement that is the point of departure for Delsart. The rest is a journey and, no, I will not tell where it ends. The story as it evolves is sometimes almost unbearably sad and yet the protagonists keep on living through it. The dance isn't over until the last note is played.

The tango metaphor works extremely well with this story and does so until the end. Compared to other "tango movies", this is one of the better ones. Of course, nothing beats Sally Potter's "The Tango Lesson" - but what could.

The only reason I don't give this movie full marks is the fact that some of the plot turns are a bit too predictable. But nevertheless, this is an engaging story well told, well made, with extraordinary characters. A modern fairy tale -- or maybe not?

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