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The Tango Lesson (1997)

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A scriptwriter comes to Paris to work on her film. There she takes up tango lessons and forms a relationship with the dancer.

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Sally Potter

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Sally Potter
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Potter ... Sally
Morgane Maugran Morgane Maugran ... Red Model
Géraldine Maillet Géraldine Maillet ... Yellow Model
Katerina Mechera Katerina Mechera ... Blue Model
David Toole David Toole ... Fashion Designer
George Antoni George Antoni ... Photographer (as George Yiasoumi)
Michele Parent Michele Parent ... Seamstress
Claudine Mavros Claudine Mavros ... Seamstress
Monique Couturier Monique Couturier ... Seamstress
Matthew Hawkins Matthew Hawkins ... Bodyguard
Simon Worgan Simon Worgan ... Bodyguard
Pablo Verón Pablo Verón ... Pablo
Carolina Iotti Carolina Iotti ... Pablo's partner
Zobeida Zobeida ... Pablo's Friend
Orazio Massaro Orazio Massaro ... Pablo's Friend
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Storyline

On a trip to Paris Sally meets Pablo, a tango dancer. He starts teaching her to dance then she returns to London to work on some "projects". She visits Buenos Aires and learns more from Pablo's friends. Sally & Pablo meet again but this time their relationship changes, she realises they want different things from each other. On a trip to Buenos Aires they cement their friendship. Written by David Morgans <in2023@wlv.ac.uk>

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Plot Keywords:

tango | dance | model | filmmaker | dancing | See All (44) »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

14 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La lección de tango See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,746, 16 November 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,300,000
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Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the bathtub scene, she is reading "I and Thou" by philosopher Martin Buber. See more »

Quotes

Sally: It doesn't suit me to follow. It suits me to lead, and you can't deal with that.
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Rage
Composed By Fred Frith, Sally Potter
Performed by Thomas Bloch (Ondes Martenot, Percussion [Cristal Baschet]), Fred Frith (Guitar, Bass)
Vocals by Sally Potter
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Tango and Romance
21 September 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The British filmmaker and screenwriter Sally (Sally Potter) is in Paris writing the story of models that are murdered by a serial-killer. When she sees a performance of the Argentinean tango dance Pablo (Pablo Verón), she asks Pablo to give tango lessons to her. She becomes obsessed by the dance, dancing with Pablo. Then she travels to Hollywood to have a meeting with producers that want to make her movie, but she gives up on her project. She decides to make a movie about tango casting Pablo in exchange of their partnership in the dance.

"The Tango Lesson" is a little movie apparently biographical of Sally Potter for fans of dance in general and particularly the tango. The romance is developed in slow pace and practically nothing happens but good dances. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "The Tango Lesson - Uma Lição de Tango" ("The Tango Lesson – A Tango Lesson")


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