Desert Dancer

2015

Desert Dancer (2015)

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Set in Iran, this powerful and unbelievable true story follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian. During the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election, where many cultural freedoms were threatened, Afshin and some friends (including Elaheh played by Freida Pinto) risk their lives and form an underground dance company. Through banned online videos, they learn from timeless legends who cross all cultural divides, such as Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Afshin and Elaheh also learn much from each other, most importantly how to embrace their passion for dance and for one another. (c) Relativity

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There would seem to be only one thing that the act of dancing cannot free the characters in Desert Dancer from, and that's the movie they're in.

Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Desert Dancer strays too frequently into melodrama to have much sticking power.

Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

In his feature film debut, director Richard Raymond keeps the story moving despite some dramatic cliches.

Apr 10, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Its depiction of the internal tensions in Iranian politics and culture is not what you'd call super-nuanced, but it is sympathetic to Iran as an entity.

Apr 10, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Reece Ritchie brings heart to the lead role, particularly in the decisive solo performance that caps the film. But that sequence is as expressive and alive as the rest of the supposedly movement-loving drama is static.

Apr 9, 2015 | Full Review…

"Desert Dancer" explores fascinating aspects of present-day Iran but suffers mightily from simplistic and sentimental tendencies.

Apr 9, 2015 | Full Review…

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