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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.

Director:

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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Details

Country:

UK | France | Argentina | Germany | Netherlands | USA

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:

$19,752, 16 November 1997

Gross USA:

$1,080,192

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,080,192
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Sally: How did you choose the tango?
Pablo: I didn't. The tango chose me.
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great art film
8 November 2004 | by saba1355See all my reviews

this is a wonderful film - for tango lovers as well as for people who like to ponder about life.

if you are looking for a movie with pretty girls, short skirts, and guns, you will be asleep before the first five minutes are over.

While the tango moves and general dance moves are great, what's really unique about this film is the commentary it makes about life and the power dynamics of relationships between men and women.

It also makes commentary on the film industry and what it means to be an artist in this day and age.

While it's true that Sally Potter is not a 21-year-old leggy blonde, she looks damn good at her age (I wish I had her body) and she is a very good actress. Pablito Veron also does a good job playing an arrogant ass. His dancing is awesome. Casting Pablo with a spring chicken as some have hinted, would have ruined the film all together.

Go Sally - make more of these films; I'd love to see your other commentary.


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