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The Dancer Upstairs

The Dancer Upstairs

The Dancer Upstairs is getting notice for being John Malkovich's directing debut.  While being slightly overlong, this shifting political drama from Nicholas Shakespeare's adaptation of his own novel is charged from the depth of Javier Bardem as a responsive police detective.  The story of searching for an anarchist in an unidentified Latin American country has its share of terrorist activities, like horrific murders and stealth bombings that are drawn from Peru's Shining Path organization.

The relationship of Bardem's troubled Agustin Rejas to his ten-year-old daughter's ballet teacher Yolanda (Laura Morante) may not be that fulfilling for some, but from the awful sight on lampposts to the corruption and military falling on the dissidents, The Dancer Upstairs subtly intrigues us.

 
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