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Fiona and Dom are teachers at a rural school. They share a passion for Latin dance and they're deeply in love. On weekends, they enter dance competitions around the country. Their house is crammed with trophies. One night, as they are coming back from a competition, they encounter a man on a clumsy suicide mission, standing in the middle of the road. They swerve to avoid him, crash into a wall and their life is thrown into turmoil.


Critic Reviews for Rumba

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (4)

  • The story plays out with an absolute minimum of dialogue, and the visual gags are highly inventive. In a comedy market dominated by crudity, sarcasm, and smug pop-culture references, laughs this pure hit like lightning.

    Aug 7, 2009 | Full Review…
  • It's not terrifically funny, but then how could it be? The influence of Jacques Tati abides in the material, without his sunniness.

    Aug 6, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The comedy is blackish at times, but is always informed by the film's essential spirit, which is cheerful bordering on cutesy.

    Aug 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This charming, affectionately crafted and gleefully unfashionable comic miniature from writing/directing troupe Abel, Gordon and Romy slips down a treat.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The film combines a loony tunes cruelty with the precise comic choreography of the great movie clowns.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • You will need to be a little patient and indulgent with this brand of comedy, but its sweetness of nature will win you round.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rumba

  • Jun 05, 2009
    What makes this movie unique can also be considered as a problem: it's a slapstick comedy with some original and funny scenes and unlike other slapstick comedies, it has real characters and as the story goes, really bad things happen to these characters and you feel for them, you feel uncomfortable to laugh when a handicaped woman falls down or their house burn or they get beaten for bread. Abel, Gordon and Romy, the writer-director-actor trio, did a very good job coming up with ideas and executing them, they are probably good friends, you can see the sincerity, the passion and the love in this little movie they made together.
    Serdar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2009
    Brilliantly orchestrated French comedy about two Rumba dancing teachers, one a PE teacher and the other an English teacher, who get in a car accident in which one loses her leg and the other loses his memory. The film follows their misadventures through one disaster after another in this completely beguiling stroke of comedic genius that is reminiscent of the work of Jacques Tati.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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