This taut political thriller set in Latin America marks John Malkovich’s explosive directorial debut. Academy Award® Winner Javier Bardem* stars as legit policeman Agustin Rejas, who faces the greatest challenge of his career – to catch the leader of a terrorist movement threatening to collapse his government, while being stopped at every turn by his own corrupt superiors. As the fight becomes more ferocious, Rejas’ search brings him ever closer to the guerrilla leader. But when, amidst the chaos, he falls in love with his daughter’s ballet teacher (Laura Morante), Rejas must choose between his heart, his country, and his own well-being.
*Supporting Actor, No Country For Old Men, 2007.
**Full-Length Audio Commentary by Director John Malkovich and Javier Bardem
**Sundance Channel Featurette
Cast & Crew
While The Dancer Upstairs may have nothing else to remind us of [Malkovich], it does have a certain mystique itself.
It thrives on the hush before the explosion instead of its aftermath, and it's that eerie sense of expectation that gives the film its thick aura of suspense.
It is not revolutionary, but it brims with promise and a love of film, and is a fine if worried dance indeed.
Moving, melancholy, and, yes, political.
Reflects its director, being intelligent and elegantly turned-out but distant.
Bardem's performance lingers in ways that give the movie resonance.
Delivers a haunting story of crime and passion.