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THE DANCER UPSTAIRS

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The Dancer Upstairs

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
135 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/02/03
performer:
Javier Bardem, John Malkovich, Laura Morante, Wolframio Benavides, Juan Diego Botto, Elvira Minguez
director:
John Malkovich
distributor:
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author:
74045
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

The first feature directed by John Malkovich is set in an unnamed Latin American country, and it has a mystery, and moral unease, that lingers. What looks at first like a terrorist cataclysm sinister enough to be science fiction is, in fact, the film’s version of the Shining Path movement that dominated Peru in the early ’80s. As the investigating police captain, Javier Bardem is placid yet implosive: a force of good who may not be forceful enough.

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