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

So if you are no longer a lawyer, what do you do?

You said it's unlucky to talk about work in progress.

You mentioned you were going away. Where to?

- My village.

- You go back often?

No, not since my father died.

- And when was that?

- After the military confiscated our farm.

And why now?

Well, I have to pay a visit to an old friend...

...who, I think, has something worth traveling for.

Be careful.


This is fine, thank you. I think I can make it.

You don't need to walk me up. I've taken up too much of your time.

- So bye.

- Goodbye.

Could I bring you anything from the countryside?

Maybe an emergency generator.

Not just a flashlight?

- A Roman candle? A box of matches? - A jar of fireflies.

Will you be gone long?

You know the fireworks you see in the blackouts?

They say it's him, planning his operations.

His women love to kill. It's an event.

Then they f*** for three days. Ezequiel too.

He just does what he wants with them, and they let him.

- How do you know? - This broad from Tacna.

She hears things. Man, it's no world revolution. It's a f***-athon.

He's in the jungle.

He's in the mountains.

He's every tick of every clock.

He's every breeze in every tree.

He's every sun which refuses to set.

Can you tell me if anyone is living at the old coffee farm?

To Augustin on his first Communion from Father Ramon


If I told you that I knew some people had come to this village...

...stayed in your house...

...murdered the village priest...

...and that his last supper was a number of pages from your Bible...

...what would you offer in the way of an explanation?

Why did they make a tape?

It was for Ezequiel. She wanted to re-affirm her commitment.

By killing the man who baptised her?

Who was she?

She was called Edith Pusanga.

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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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