The Dancer Upstairs

Synopsis: The story of Detective Agustin Rejas, a man clinging to the hope of an impossible love in an impossible world. Tracking Ezequiel, a delusional anarchist who incites the downtrodden masses to join in his brutal revolution against the fascist government in their unnamed Latin American country, Rejas finds solace in his sense of self-respect and the joy that his daughter and wife bring him. Then he meets Yolanda--his daughter's soulfully beautiful ballet teacher--a woman who sparks his long-forgotten passions and represents all that is good and all that is corrupt in their troubled country. But she, who appears to be a shelter from the storm, may in actuality be the storm's eye. Ultimately, as the revolution intensifies and the net closes around hunter and hunted alike, the dancer's truth will prove as elusive as the revolutionary's cause and the detective's peace.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): John Malkovich
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

- Going home? - Yeah.

I'll give you a lift.

When I was Laura's age, I played the flute in the Candle Dance.

- Oh, yeah?

- Yes.

I've never met anyone who has been in Ausangate.

That's funny.

- Do you want to hear her music?

- I'd love to.

This is what Laura has. She has her own way of moving...

...which you can't teach.

Just like the girls in the Sierra.

Can I help put this away?

Oh, no. I'm going to do it myself. Thanks.

Sit down.

- Would you like some tea? - Sure.

You shouldn't take her out now. She's so good.

You'll be shocked when you see her. Really.

What is it? Are you all right? Yolanda, what happened?

- Why are you screaming?

- I can't breathe!

Your nose is bleeding.

Where are your shoes?

- Calm down.

- I'm sorry. I can't breathe.

- Oh, please, take me outside.

- Put your head back.

I can't stay in the dark.

- Don't worry.

- I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.


- Oh, my God.

- We will go and find some light.

Miraflores has electricity. Should we look for a pharmacy?

Oh, no. I'm all right, it stopped.

I'll stay with you a little while.



I'm so relieved you were there tonight, you know?

I'm sorry, but I don't like the dark.

I hate it.

Any reason?

Do you only teach or do you still dance?

Well, just recently I started working on a new piece.

I have an idea, but I still don't know. It's...

What is it about?

Oh, something to do with the murder of that theatrical group, you know?

- But...

- But what?

It's unlucky to talk about work in progress.

Tell me about you. I know that you are a father, husband...

...and a lawyer and what else?

Yes, I'm a father and a husband, but I'm no longer a lawyer.

What do you do now?

I'm trying to find a more honest way of practicing the law.

I wanted to see you before I left town.

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Nicholas Shakespeare

Nicholas William Richmond Shakespeare FRSL (born 3 March 1957) is a British novelist and biographer, described by the Wall Street Journal as "one of the best English novelists of our time". more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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