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TOM's Film Club: And Then We Danced (15) on Monday 6th July 2020
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Swedish-born filmmaker Levan Akin’s (The Circle, Certain People) award-winning new Georgia-set drama explores the possibilities of love, cultural identity, sexuality and self-expression within a repressively anti-LGBTQ+ society.
A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the ultraconservative confines of modern Georgian society, the film follows Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani), a devoted dancer who has been training for years for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli (Bachi Valishvili), gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak, throws Merab off-balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationship with his family.
A gripping love story, And Then We Danced captures the beauty and stifling social values of Tbilisi alongside energetic choreography and an extraordinarily physical lead performance from dancer Levan Gelbakhiani, within a narrative full of moments of grace.
“Just referencing the last couple of years’ cinema alone, their sensitivity evokes the brusque passion of Johnny and Gheorghe in “God’s Own Country,” as much as a number of uncanny resemblances recall the instant heartbreak of Elio and Oliver from “Call Me By Your Name.” But their chemistry is all theirs, and both dancers fill the screen with warmth and devotion. One body is broad and generous, while the other is slender and hungry. They fit together beautifully” - Ella Kemp, Sight & Sound
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