The Tango Lesson (1997)



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In this docudrama British filmmaker Sally Potter recounts the time in which she was an avid tango dancer. Her love of the dance led her to visit Argentina and the U.S.
PG (For brief language and some violent images)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Pablo Veron
as Pablo
Olga Besio
as Olga
Caroline Iotti
as Pablo's Partner
Morgane Maugran
as Red Model
Carolina Iotti
as Pablo's Partner
Géraldine Maillet
as Yellow Model
Katerina Mechera
as Blue Model
David Toole
as Fashion Designer
George Yiasoumi
as Photographer
Michele Parent
as Seamstress
Claudine Mavros
as Seamstress
Monique Couturier
as Seamstress
Matthew Hawkins
as Bodyguard
Simon Worgan
as Bodyguard
as Pablo's Friend
Orazio Massaro
as Pablo's Friend
Anne Fassio
as Pablo's Friend
Guillaume Gallienne
as Pablo's Friend
Michel André
as Pablo's Friend
Flaminio Corcos
as Pablo's Friend
Howard Lee
as Man at Tea Dance
Fabian Salas
as Fabian
Horacio Marassi
as Shoe Man
David Derman
as Salon Dancer
Oscar Dante Lorenzo
as Salon Dancer
Omar Vega
as Salon Dancer
Cantilo Pena
as Hotel Porter
Maria Noel
as Movie Executive
Fabian Stratas
as Movie Executive
Gregory Dayton
as Movie Executive
Peter Eyre
as English Tango Fan
Emmanuelle Tertipis
as Woman in Dressing Room
Ruben Orlando Di Napoli
as Master of Ceremonies
Tito Haas
as Taxi Driver
Alicia Monti
as Carlos' Partner
Maria Fernanda Lorences
as Woman Opening Door
Luis Sturla
as Man Opening Door
Amanda Beita
as Woman Opening Door
Marcos Woinski
as Man Opening Door
Eduardo Rojo
as Janitor
Oscar Arribas
as Man at Synagogue
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Critic Reviews for The Tango Lesson

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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October 7, 2005

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June 30, 2005

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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

A bold attempt to explore personal experience in a self-exposed, docu-fictional dramatic context, "The Tango Lesson" is unrelenting in its fascination with its writer-director-star, and thus falls prey to extreme measures of self-indulgency.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

This movie just gets me hot. It's beautiful, exotic...and has incredible choreography. I've taken Tango and it's sooooo sensual and sexy.

Sandra Edwards
Sandra Edwards

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