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The Tango Lesson (1997)

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60

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Maverick filmmaker Sally Potter, who won acclaim in 1993 with the gender-bending, history-warping Orlando, returns to her dancing roots with The Tango Lesson. Potter wrote, directed, and starred in the film, also assembling the soundtrack, dancing, and even singing the film's final song. Potter was trained as a dancer in London in the 1970s before turning to film. Here, she plays Sally, a character who is essentially herself. Sally is a screenwriter suffering from writer's block and

Jun 9, 1998

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (9)

Continues Sally Potter's exploration of the sexual politics involved in creative expression.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Most of the film had Potter and Veron dancing and that had me jumping with joy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Even though it's self-conscious of its own sentimentality, it's surprisingly infectious.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Tango Lesson

If I wanted to watch a movie stemmed from the likes of Dirty Dancing, I'd just watch Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. At least then I would felt like I had been watching a film. This is just one big dance lesson with a stereotypical shy Jewish woman and her Chilean lover. In no way is it entertaining or even the slightest bit interesting, it's probably one of the hardest movies to watch because it's so bland and downright idiotic. The film within a film idea is done horribly and constantly confusing for no reason. Just because you want to break the average narrative doesn't mean you need to do something like this. There's many more brave and rewarding films out there.
April 14, 2010
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