Acclaimed actor John Malkovich has made his directorial debut with anassured political thriller that combines tension and intelligence to makefor a gripping two and a quarter hours. The setting is a South Americancountry which is unnamed, but the clear inspiration for the storyline is theearly 1990s experience of Peru (which I have recently visited) when thebizarre Abimael Guzman led the murderous Shining Path movement, while themovie was shot in Spain, Portugal and Ecuador.
Javier Bardem plays Augustin Rejas, a former lawyer turned policeman whomanages rare dignity and honesty as he battles with the interventions of aregime teetering on the edge of a military dictatorship and the pursuit of afanatical revolutionary codenamed Ezekiel, while struggling with the varyingemotions associated with a vapid wife, an adoring daughter, and hisdaughter's dance teacher, the eponymous and allurring woman upstairs (LauraMorante as Yolanda). Bardem - who reminds me of an early Raul Julia - givesa languid yet charismatic performance and hopefully we will see much more ofthis talented actor.
In some respects the work is reminiscent of Costa-Gavras's "State Of Siege",a clip of which is actually used here. However, the movie is based on anovel by the British writer Nicholas Shakespeare, who wrote the screenplaywhich features some conversation in Quechua (a native language of Peru andBolivia), and this is a more personal examination of terrorism than the 1973movie.
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The Dancer Upstairs is a movie starring Javier Bardem, Laura Morante, and Juan Diego Botto. A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.
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The story of Detective Agustin Rejas, a man clinging to the hope of an impossible love in an impossible world. Tracking Ezequiel, a delusional anarchist who incites the downtrodden masses to join in his brutal revolution against the fascist government in their unnamed Latin American country, Rejas finds solace in his sense of self-respect and the joy that his daughter and wife bring him. Then he meets Yolanda--his daughter's soulfully beautiful ballet teacher--a woman who sparks his long-forgotten passions and represents all that is good and all that is corrupt in their troubled country. But she, who appears to be a shelter from the storm, may in actuality be the storm's eye. Ultimately, as the revolution intensifies and the net closes around hunter and hunted alike, the dancer's truth will prove as elusive as the revolutionary's cause and the detective's peace.
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Reviewed byrogerdarlingtonVote: /10
Having seen "Being John Malkovich" recently, I expected a lot from "TheDancer Upstairs" and I have to admit that I really was enchanted by it.Even though it never says which country in South America this story isbased on, it's clear that it must be Peru. There just are too manyreferences to the rebel movement The Shining Path, presidentFujimori... But it's good that it never says that it is actually Peru.There are more South American dictatorships, more rebel movements...
It tells the story of an ex-lawyer who has become police officer,because he wanted justice to be done in the right way. He has to huntdown and arrest a revolutionary guerilla leader, but as he digs deeper,he'll find out that more people are actually supporting the rebels thanhe thought, even the people that he never suspected...
What I liked so much about the movie is the way it portrays everything.It doesn't fear to show the violence committed by both sides, but alsoshows the beautiful side of the country (its landscapes, itsculture,...). Some say this is clearly a right-wing movie and thatMalkovich is right wing as well. What has the political preference ofthe director to do with it? This movie isn't right-wing, nor is itleft-wing. It clearly shows both sides, giving you the police detectivewho works for the right-wing government, who falls in love with theleft-wing activist.
If there is one remark that I have to make, than it must be the factthat the actors didn't speak in Spanish. Now they had some weirdSpanish-English accent. But all the rest was really very good. I giveit an 8.5/10.
A curious but not entirely unexpected idiossyncratic choice from John Malkovich for his directing debut, this adaptation of Nicholas Shakespeare's novel fictionalising the capture of the leader of the Peruvian Shining Path revolutionary movement is a more pensive, less political throwback to the European "political thrillers" of the 1970s made popular by directors such as Costa-Gavras. Malkovich, however, dislocates the film's centre from politics into personal mores, following the story of Javier Bardem, as the police detective assigned to discover the whereabouts of the mysterious terrorist leader "Ezequiel". In a superbly controlled performance, Bardem emphasizes the vulnerability of this disenchanted, seen-it-all cop thrown against his will into the frying-pan and the way he attempts to maintain his dignity and uphold the law he no longer believes in. Malkovich proves an engaging director - despite its lengthy running time (and although it could use a slight trim), the film is neither predictable nor overstays its welcome, and the actors deliver consistently good performances. One wishes Malkovich had looked for a better story to tell, but as debuts go this is a promising one.