The Dancer Upstairs

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  128 min.
Release Date: May 2, 2003
DVD: September 23, 2003

Current rating: Rating: 4.48
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Cast: Javier Bardem, Laura Morante, Juan Diego Botto, Elvira Minguez, Alexandra Lencastre, Oliver Cotton, Luis Miguel Cintra, Javier Manrique, Abel Folk, Marie-Anne Berganza


As a Latin American nation nears collapse under a highly organized terrorist movement, idealistic policeman Agustin Rejas (Bardem) faces the greatest challenge of his career: to catch the mysterious guerrilla leader Ezequiel. The brains behind the bloody revolution that threatens to bring the government and entire country down, Ezequiel is as elusive as Rejas’ superiors are corrupt - an irony not lost on Rejas, who left a career as a lawyer to find "a more honorable way of practicing the law." The military’s response to the brutal tactics of Ezequiel’s followers is equally ferocious, creating an atmosphere of mass panic. In the midst of the chaos, Rejas finds respite in Yolanda (Morante), his daughter’s beautiful ballet teacher. As Rejas draws nearer to the man who considers himself to be the ‘Fourth Flame of Communism,’ he and the dancer he loves will be forced to choose between love, country and self.

Director: John Malkovich
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): John Malkovich, Andrés Vicente Gómez
Screenplay: Nicholas Shakespeare
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