The Dancer Upstairs Movie Review Summary

Actors: Javier Bardem, Laura Morante

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Agustin Rejas (Bardem) is an honest policeman as well as a dreamer who wants justice and equality in his unnamed Latin American home country. He has risen to the ranks of detective as an insurgent movement is bubbling that threatens to topple the government. He is assigned to find and stop those inciting the people, a shadowy figure named Ezequiel, who has been leaving a trail of dead dogs as well as dead and injured people across the main city. Rejas has a routine family life which is interrupted when he meets his daughter's ballet teacher (Morante), who intrigues him. He finds he wants to protect her as much as his family and nation. This may be impossible as he draws closer to his prey. This political thriller explores Rejas's feelings about justice as and his feelings for the ballet teacher with whom he eventually has a brief affair.   
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Directed by John Malkovich. Based on the novel by Nicholas Shakespeare, but very much inspired by true events in the Americas.

Some dialogue in Spanish and Quecha.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   catching brutal killer/stalker

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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