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Tango libre (2012)

A prison guard is attracted to a woman at his weekly tango class. They meet again when she visits her husband in the prison where he works and he is drawn into her complicated romantic life. Meanwhile the prisoners are learning the tango.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
François Damiens ... Jean-Christophe
Sergi López ... Fernand
Jan Hammenecker Jan Hammenecker ... Dominic
Anne Paulicevich Anne Paulicevich ... Alice
Zacharie Chasseriaud ... Antonio
Christian Kmiotek Christian Kmiotek ... Michel, le chef-quartier
David Murgia ... Luc, le jeune gardien
Frédéric Frenay Frédéric Frenay ... Patrick, le tatoué
Dominique Lejeune Dominique Lejeune ... Popeye
Marc Charlet Marc Charlet ... Marco
Corentin Lobet Corentin Lobet ... Le greffier
Vincent Tavier Vincent Tavier ... L'adjudant
Christophe Rossignon Christophe Rossignon ... Le gardien de l'entrée
Patrick Quinet ... Kevin
Mariano 'Chicho' Frumboli Mariano 'Chicho' Frumboli ... L'Argentin


A prison guard is attracted to a woman at his weekly tango class. They meet again when she visits her husband in the prison where he works and he is drawn into her complicated romantic life. Meanwhile the prisoners are learning the tango.

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France | Belgium | Luxembourg


French | Spanish

Release Date:

7 November 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Laisves tango See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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References Beauty and the Beast (1991) See more »


Written by Agnes Obel (uncredited)
Performed by Agnes Obel
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When tango made blow a breeze of freedom in a jail house
19 January 2015 | by roland-scialomSee all my reviews

The way tango is presented in this film is beautiful and remarkable. The inmates of a jail house - each one with a harsh appearance - are enchanted by the practice of tango, shown to them by two Argentinian inmates. They decide to practice in the court of the jail and as they practice, they make blow a breeze of freedom in the jail house. This happens because Fernand asks to an Argentinian inmate to teach him to dance tango because he wants to captivate his wife Alice who is dancing tango with the prison guard JC, in a school of tango. The practice of tango allows men to compete in dexterity, elegance and virility. It reminds the Brazilian "capoeira" which is at the same time dance and fight. Each actor is good playing his character. The problem is that the story is crazy or surrealistic in more than one aspect. (1) The relationship of Alice with Fernand and Dominic. These two guys are close friends and share the same woman Alice. They were sharing Alice before being imprisoned. Alice is legally married to Fernand but she in love with both men. Dominic is the father of Alice son, Antonio. Fernand treats Antonio as his own son. (2) The reaction of the prison guard, JC, with respect to the situation. In spite of being aware of what is going on with the trio Alice-Fernand-Dominic, JC falls in love with Alice, turning things much more complicated, especially for him. (3) The final decision of JC to release Fernand and Dominic to make the trio happy. (4) The final scene in which JC runs off with the trio and Antonio, because the trio decides to drive back and pick him up, is the craziest scene. The film is a good entertainment because its development is not predictable and the final scene is very funny: every body gets free, by miracle.

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