TIFF ’15 Review: ‘Our Last Tango’

Posted in Festival Coverage, Movies, TIFF 2015 by - September 18, 2015

Our Last Tango


Not many dances last seven decades, but Our Last Tango takes us into the passionate (and not always in the good way) embrace between the two most recognizable names in Argentinean Tango.

Juan Carlos Copes and María Nieves Rego are the Fred and Ginger of Argentinean tango and in the 1950’s Juan had a vision of taking the passionate dance of his nation and turning it into a global phenomenon and did so with a hit Broadway show.  However the controlled passion on stage was a mess off stage as their tumultuous relationship took a toll on them both, even to this day as they both reminisce fondly of their time on stage…they just wish it hadn’t have been with each other.

Director German Kral evokes the classic films of Carlos Saura and is heavily influenced by Wim Wenders Pina to give us his experiential experience of these two iconic dancers.  Much more then talking heads and interviews(although it has a few) he allows the art and the passion of the dance that these two people shared through re-creation and extended dance sequences that are just a joy to get lost in.  Kral ensures that his subjects are given just as much attention at the art of their craft as well and that is what makes it stand out more than anything else, making for a beautiful dance documentary to add to the canon that has come before it.

Our Last Tango is no longer screening during TIFF.

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