An office clerk with a hankering to tango enlists the support of a workplace colleague as he prepares for a date. It's Christmas time and the concept of giving assumes fairy tale proportions in this beguiling modern story.

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A few weeks before Christmas, André, a chubby middle-aged office worker in Ghent, arranges an Internet date with a woman who tangos. Trouble is, André doesn't know how to dance, so he begs Frans, a co-worker, to teach him. Frans refuses - he's a superior type, proper, erect, immaculately, separate from the others, while Andre is a bit of a shlub. André calls Frans's bluff, calling him boring and staid, so Frans accepts the challenge. They practice long hours; the passion of the tango infuses André and when the night comes, he's ready. Frans accompanies him to a nightclub where he meets Suzanne. She and André begin to dance. Then, something goes wrong. Is this all for naught? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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TANGHI ARGENTINI is by far the most enjoyable short film of the year
17 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at a special showing by a local film society of all the Oscar nominated Live Action Shorts about a week or so before the Oscars were announced. Of the five nominees, TANGHI ARGENTINI is by far the most enjoyable and entertaining. However, I predict that AT NIGHT will win because of its amazing acting and writing--even though it cannot be described by anyone as fun or entertaining.

THE Argentinian TANGO starts with a rather nerdy looking middle aged man on the computer at work late at night. When he's caught by the cleaning lady, she thinks he's looking at porn, though he's actually corresponding with a lady about the Tango. It seems they have met online and are going to finally meet at a dance.

The next day, this man approaches a grouchy co-worker and begs him to teach him to Tango--as everything he said online is a lie and he can't dance this complicated dance! Finally, after much cajoling, the other man agrees to teach him this passionate dance.

What happens next and all the great twists you'll have to see for yourself. There is so much more to this wonderful little story and it is utterly charming. A perfect little film that will make you smile.

UPDATE--Apparently I am lousy at guessing Oscars, as MOZART OF PICKPOCKETS just won the award for 2008.


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