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The dancer upstairs

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Movie propaganda

An honest man caught in a world of intrigue, power and passion.

As a Latin American nation nears collapse under a highly organised terrorist movement, idealistic policeman Agustin Rejas (Javier Bardem) faces the greatest challenge of his career: to catch the mysterious guerilla leader Ezequiel Durán (Abel Folk).

The brains behind the bloody revolution that threatens to bring the government and entire country down, Ezequiel is as elusive as Rejas' superiors are corrupt - an irony not lost on Rejas, who left a career as a lawyer to try to find "a more honorable way of practicing the law". The military's response to the brutal tactics of Ezequiel's followers is equally ferocious, creating an atmosphere of mass panic.

In the midst of the chaos, Rejas finds respite in Yolanda (Laura Morante), his daughter's soulfully beautiful ballet teacher. As Rejas draws nearer to the man who considers himself to be the "Fourth Flame of Communism", he and the dancer he loves will be forced to choose between love, country and self.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Spanish drama politics lawyer

Persons of interest

  • Javier Bardem .... Agustin Rejas
  • Juan Diego Botto .... Sucre
  • Laura Morante .... Yolanda
  • Elvira Mínguez .... Llosa
  • Alexandra Lencastre .... Sylvina
  • Oliver Cotton .... General Merino
  • Abel Folk .... Ezequiel Durán
  • Wolframio Sinué .... Santiago
  • Marie-Anne Verganza .... Laura
  • Javier Manrique .... Clorindo
  • Lucas Rodríguez .... Sargento Gómez
  • Nicholas Shakespeare .... Author
  • Nicholas Shakespeare .... Screenwriter
  • John Malkovich .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

133 minutes (2:13 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 3 July 2003

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