While a fine introduction to the fascinating world of tango, this Oscar-nominee for Best Foreign Film fails miserably as drama. Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, best known for his highly praised films on flamenco, turns his roving camera and
highfalutin style to Argentina's fiery and plangent fusion of music and dance. Incorporating the search for its own narrative purpose into the story, Saura's latest tribute to dance isn't quite as mesmerizingly seductive as it aims to be. Structured as a film within a film, its forlorn hero is
Mario (Miguel Angel Sola), a middle-aged director who's preparing a film on tango and has just been dumped by his live-in companion. One ...