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Tanghi argentini (2006)

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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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Guy Thys (as Guido Thys)

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Geert Verbanck (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dirk van Dijck ... André
Koen van Impe ... Frans
Hilde Norga Hilde Norga ... Suzanne
Mathias Sercu ... Elves
Wannes Cappelle Wannes Cappelle ... Patrick
Ineke Nijssen Ineke Nijssen ... Gaby
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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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Country:

Belgium

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

15 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Argentiniko tango See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color
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Very Impressive Short
7 January 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Tanghi argentini (2006)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Oscar-nominated short has a pudgy office clerk (Dirk van Dijck) meeting a woman on the internet and setting up a date where the two will dance the tango. The only problem is that he doesn't know the tango and must learn it in two weeks with the help of a co-worker. I caught this film on the Sundance Channel by accident but I'm glad I did because it's quite enjoyable from start to finish and extremely well made. What impressed me the most on the technical side was the 2.35:1 ratio they shot it in and how director Thys beautifully takes up every inch of the screen and fills it with some terrific images. When the big dance sequence finally arrives there's so much going on that your eyes really get a wonderful little work out. I think a lot of directors can't properly use the Scope ratio but that's certainly not the case here. The cast are all extremely good as well with van Dijck really standing out and bringing a lot of passion to his role. The entire film doesn't run too long but there's more heart here than many feature films out there. Extremely charming and worth viewing if you come across it.


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