Eileen Clarke
August 06, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Tango

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Carlos Saura
genre
musical, Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it an C-

There are few dances as dramatic and passionate as the tango. So you would think that a film that embodies the intricacies of the dance would be just as intriguing. But in this Oscar-nominated drama, writer-director Carlos Saura sprinkles the plot so lightly between the fancy footwork that you wonder where the main course really is. The story follows a lovelorn director (Sola) who falls for a much younger dancer — and paramour of his mobbed-up backer — while making a (surprise!) tango film. Even though Tango boasts some impressive dance sequences, the wooden characters and stiff dialogue make it altogether limp. C-

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