The Tango Lesson

Pablo (Pablo Veron) , Sally (Sally Potter), Fabian (Fabian Salas), Gustavo (Gustavo Naveira) in the film The Tango Lesson

THE TANGO LESSON is about a female filmmaker who discovers – and falls in-love with – the tango. In between bouts of writing a screenplay for Hollywood – with which she finds herself increasingly dissatisfied – she places herself under the tutelage of Pablo, an Argentinean tango dancer living in Paris. As the lessons proceed they strike a bargain – if he will make her a tango dancer, she will make him a movie star. He accomplishes his side of the bargain when they perform in a show, but her attempt to make a film with Pablo in Buenos Aires exposes the complexities at the heart of the story – how do you follow when your instinct is to lead?

Reviews

“The Tango Lesson continues Sally Potter’s exploration of male and female identity and the sexual politics involved in all creative expression.” -Frederic Brussat and Mary Ann, Spirituality and Practice, 1997

“The duel between Potter and Veron is all the more fascinating because it is about the wisdom of passion, rather than the temptation. The score, partly composed by Potter, is so seductive that for the first time in years I walked out of the screening and down the street and bought the soundtrack.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 19.12.97

Cast
Sally Potter as Sally
Pablo Verón as Pablo

Crew
Written & Directed by Sally Potter
Produced by Christopher Sheppard

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4 thoughts on “The Tango Lesson

  1. i watched the film twice within two months and i am still stunned by the twisted passion in the film. i guess for those who never travelled to buenos aires it’s hard to understand the soul of tango. bravo sally! i really admire you who is capable of devoting yourself to tango. i really like the metaphor of the painting in Saint-Sulpice which makes me motivated to pay a visit next time in paris.

  2. Her attempt to make a film with Pablo in Buenos Aires exposes the complexities at the heart of the story how do you follow when your instinct is to lead.

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