A passionate coming-of-age tale set amidst the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film follows Merab, a competitive dancer who is thrown off balance by the arrival of Irakli, a fellow male dancer with a rebellious streak.
A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society, AND THEN WE DANCED follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli-gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak-throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationships with Mary and his family.
If you want a different, warm, gripping and engaging drama - this is the movie! This heartwarming story from Georgia is a charmbomb. Incredibly well filmed with the storytelling taking place in Tiblisi. We follow a young man's encounter with his first love, in unfamiliar surroundings (at least for me). Great performances by these young actors make it both poignant and believable. I think the protagonist of the film clearly manages to show the challenges of being gay, in an environment that is clearly not ready for it. The film's message of what love and sorrow does to us is universal, but the place and surroundings this takes place in this film, lift it up and make it a special and touching experience in the cinema. Thanks to the Oslo Fusion Film Festival setting up this one, I hope it gets wide release worldwide. A warm recommendation from me.
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