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

The army killed her a fortnight ago.

An ambush over in Tres Crusas.

What was she to Ezequiel?

They say she was once his mistress.

She was a doctor.

In the early days of the revolution...

...she was the only one who could be trusted to write prescriptions.

Is he ill?

Is he ill?

Your Bible.


Don't stay here.

- ls the curfew still on?

- lt starts in 15 minutes.

Agustin, if you arrive back today or call home...

... we're staying the night at Marina's. Bye.

- Yolanda, it's Agustin.

- Agustin?

I'm sorry to ring out of the blue, but l'm told there are women... can wake in the middle of the night and those you can't.

What's wrong? What's the time?

It's almost 2:
00 a.m., but I'd like to see you now.

Are you free? Maybe you are tired.

I'd love to see you. Where are you?

How many pesos, senor.


- Next week is my birthday.

- Really? How will you celebrate?

Oh, rehearse, then classes, more rehearsing, that's all.

On your birthday? What about your family?

I don't know. Three years ago, I guess.

And, when he left, he said the strangest thing to me.

He said I was someone who was just along for the ride...

...but that I wouldn't get off until the very last stop.

Oh, tonight...

...I am prepared.


So, what's tonight's code?


What's tonight's code?


Blue means...

...that you'll be rung from out of the blue.

I want to find out what prescriptions...

...have been written by a Doctor Edith Pusanga.

No, here in the city.

Yes, and also the translation of the

Chinese and Greek texts, okay? Bye.

Are you a good judge of character?

- I think so.

- Yeah?

So let's see.

They're from newspapers. So picture number two.

- Who do you think that is?

- Thanks.

- Picture number?

- Two.

Two. Well, he's obviously a thief.

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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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