Friday, 12 April 2013

TANGO LIBRE: Are You Man Enough For This Chick Flick?...

Director: Frédéric Fonteyne
Country: France, Luxembourg, Belgium
Cast: François Damiens, Sergi López, Jan Hammenecker, Anne Paulicevich
Language: French, Spanish, subtitled in English
Runtime: 105mn
Year: 2012
Awards: Mostra de Venise 2012 : Prix spécial du Jury Orizzonti ; Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2012 ; Festival BFI du Film de Londres 2012 ; Festival du Film de Varsovie 2012 : Grand Prix
Rating: 14A

The provocative title of this post is meant to lure men who have never been to a film festival, or seen a foreign film, to go and see TANGO LIBRE at Cinéfranco. Along with this invitation, is a challenge to see how they would react to the given set up of a woman being the Queen Bee to not two, but three men and a teenage boy. Alice (Anne Paulicevich) is the woman around whom, the plot and the love, hinges. Alice loves to tango, but her husband, Fernand (Sergi López, whom I loved in Partir) is not into it, and neither is her lover, Antonio (Jan Hammenecker), who also happens to be Fernand's friend, failed partner in crime, and current cell mate. When Alice and her son go to visit both men in jail, Alice is surprised to learn her new tango partner is none other than prison guard, J.C (François Damiens), who is also captivated by her. Director, Frédéric Fonteyne, and his very talented cast, turn a plot that could have descended into a soap opera, into a tender, yet macho drama whose comedic moments manage to maintain the script's anchor to reality; not an easy feat in a film where steel-eyed inmates dance the tango! The film succeeds because no one is playing it for laughs, especially in scenes where Alice has to deal with raising her teenage son on her own.

APRIL 5 - 14, 2013

THE ROYAL CINEMA (all screening)
Cash Sales only at the door

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