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Tango (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Musical | 12 February 1999 (USA)
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Mario Suarez is a forty-something tango artist, whose wife Laura has left him. He leaves his apartment and starts preparing a film about tango.

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Carlos Saura

Writer:

Carlos Saura
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Ángel Solá ... Mario Suárez
Cecilia Narova Cecilia Narova ... Laura Fuentes
Mía Maestro ... Elena Flores
Juan Carlos Copes ... Carlos Nebbia
Carlos Rivarola Carlos Rivarola ... Ernesto Landi
Sandra Ballesteros Sandra Ballesteros ... María Elman
Óscar Cardozo Ocampo Óscar Cardozo Ocampo ... Daniel Stein
Enrique Pinti ... Sergio Lieman
Julio Bocca Julio Bocca ... Julio Bocca
Juan Luis Galiardo ... Angelo Larroca
Martín Seefeld Martín Seefeld ... Andrés Castro
Ricardo Díaz Mourelle Ricardo Díaz Mourelle ... Waldo Norman
Antonio Soares Junior Antonio Soares Junior ... Bodyguard 1 / Dancer
Ariel Casas Ariel Casas ... Antonio
Carlos Thiel Carlos Thiel ... Dr. Ramírez
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Storyline

Set in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the film tells the story of director Mario Suarez's quest to make the ultimate tango film. Lonely after his wife (one of the film's stars) has left him, Mario must find the themes that will hold the film together, while simultaneously permitting his musicians and dancers the freedom of expression that is necessary to satisfy the tango-hungry Argentine audience. Things become complicated when Mario falls in love with Elena, a beautiful and talented young dancer who is the girlfriend of the powerful and dangerous Angelo Larroca, an investor in the picture. And Mario's creative vision is challenged by his investors when he plans a scene that recreates Argentina's dark years of political suppression and "disappearances". Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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Taglines:

Never leave me.

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality, some disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Spain | Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tango See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ESP 700,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,315, 14 February 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,687,311, 11 July 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 71st Academy Awards in 1999. See more »

Quotes

Elena Flores: We're breaking up.
Mario Suárez: Why? If I may ask...
Elena Flores: We don't understand eachother. I'm not easy.
[laughs]
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Connections

Features Mercado de abasto (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Tango lunaire
Written by Lalo Schifrin
Performed by Cecilia Narova and Mía Maestro
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One of the Most Wonderful Tributes to the Tango
27 July 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Buenos Aires, the director Mario Suarez (Miguel Ángel Solá) is developing and rehearsing a tango play with historical events as background. Mario misses his mate Laura Fuentes (Cecilia Narova), who has recently left him, and is recovering from a car crash with an injured leg. When the major investor Angelo Larroca (Juan Luis Galiardo) asks for an audition for his lover Elena Flores (Mía Maestro), she succeeds and participates in the play; however, Mario falls in love for her and Elena fears the dangerous Angelo.

I saw "Tango" for the first time on 01 January 2001; I have just watched it again and I still believe it is one of the most wonderful tributes to the tango. Carlos Saura uses the concept that history is indestructible and recalls the dark years of military dictatorship in Argentina after the amnesty entwined with a passionate love of a middle-aged man for a young woman to build the plot, supported by stunning cast, choreography, music score and lighting. However, the conclusion is confused and disappointing, and I really do not understand the relationship of Angelo and Mario acting like pals in the last scene. Cecilia Narova and Mía Maestro are extremely beautiful and fantastic dancers, and I do not get tired of seeing them dancing tango. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Tango"


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