The Dancer Upstairs Movie Review 2002

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Politics and romance once again make strange bedfellows in this adaptation of Shakespeare's 1995 novel. In an unidentified Latin American country (filmed in Ecuador), idealistic lawyer Agustin Rejas (Bardem) abandons the law to pursue justice by joining the police. He's been assigned to track down Ezequiel (Folk), a terrorist who's behind a series of executions of government leaders. Rejas dotes on his young daughter, who takes ballet lessons from the lovely Yolanda (Morante), with whom he becomes infatuated. But his interest leads to him learning of a connection between the teacher and his quarry. Malkovich's directorial debut.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 128 minutes.
Originally from United States, Spanish.

Cast and Crew

Dads, Terrorism, Police Detectives, Ballet, South America
Nicholas Shakespeare
Javier Bardem, Laura Morante, Juan Diego Botto, Elvira Minguez, Oliver Cotton, Luis Miguel Cintra, Abel Folk, Alexandra Lencastre
Jose Luis Alcaine
John Malkovich
Alberto Iglesias
Antonio Bloch, Mario Battistel, Bina Daigeler, Pierre-Francois Limbosh
Andres Vicente Gomez, John Malkovich, Antena 3, Via Digital, Mr. Mudd, Fox Searchlight

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