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Maverick filmmaker Sally Potter, who won acclaim in 1993 with the gender-bending, history-warping Sally Potter, returns to her dancing roots with The Tango Lesson. Potter wrote, directed, and starred in the film, also assembling the soundtrack, dancing, and even singing the film's final song. Potter was trained as a dancer in London in the 1970s before turning to film. Here, she plays Sally, a character who is essentially herself. Sally is a screenwriter suffering from writer's block and dissatisfaction with her own project, a murder mystery movie called Rage which focuses on the fashion industry. To take a break, she travels to Paris, where she sees the dancer Pablo Veron perform the tango. She becomes obsessed with the dance and offers Veron a part in her film in exchange for lessons. The two become deeply involved as dancers and as lovers, and their emotional intimacy threatens the success of their dancing together. The film is shot mostly in black and white, except for some dream sequences in which Sally fantasizes about her film project. Veron performs many modern dance numbers, including tap and ballroom dancing, as part of his tango repertoire. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

  • Release date:November 14, 1997


Sally Potter
as Sally
Pablo Veron
as Pablo
Gustavo Naveira
as Gustavo
Fabian Salas
as Fabian
David Toole
as Fashion Designer
Carolina Iotti
as Pablo's Partner
Carlos Copello
as Carlos
Peter Eyre
as English Tango Fan
Heathcote Williams
as Builder


Sally Potter
Sally Potter
Robby Müller
Sally Potter
Composer (Music Score)
Herve Schneid
Carlos Conti
Production Designer
Christian Keller Sarmiento
Simona Benzakein
Oscar Kramer
Diane Gelon
Associate Producer
Cat Villiers
Associate Producer
Paul Minter
Costume Designer
Jean-Paul Mugel
Sound/Sound Designer
Waldo Roeg
First Assistant Director
Pablo Veron
Irene Lamb

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