Rent And Then We Danced (2019)

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1h 49min
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Passionate about dance, young Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) has trained at the National Georgian Dance Ensemble since childhood. His sole aim in life; to join the Main Dance Ensemble, break free from the confines of Georgian society and travel the world. When a dancer in the main ensemble is disgraced and his place becomes available, Merab's ambitions finally feel within reach. When Irakli (Bachi Valishvili), a virile, talented male dancer unexpectedly joins his group, Merab fears the newcomer is the only thing standing between him and his dreams. Charismatic and carefree, Irakli, has an effect on Merab that he can't quite explain.
As they compete, Irakli becomes both Merab's fiercest rival and strongest desire, a desire that, in conservative Georgian society, threatens to throw his dance career, livelihood and family into turmoil. With a breath-taking central performance from breakout star Levan Gelbakhiani, Levan Akin's luminous 'And Then We Danced' explores forbidden desire, ambition and liberation set against the backdrop of traditionalist Tblisi.
Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili, , Ana Makharadze, Nino Gabisonia, Levan Gabrava, Dachi Babunashvili, Saba Abashidze, , Soso Abramishvili, Salome Nadaraia, Tsitsino Kobiahsvili, Zaira Tabatadze, Eka Mzhavanadze, , Marika Gogichaishvili, , Marlen Egutia, Mzia Samkharadze
Ketie Danelia, Mathilde Dedye
Levan Akin
Peccadillo Pictures
Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Music & Musicals, Performing Arts, Romance
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Run Time:
109 minutes
English Audio Description, Georgian
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • The Inspiration Behind 'And Then We Danced'
  • Making 'And Then We Danced'
  • LBGTQ+ Issues in Georgia
Release Date:
Coming soon
Run Time:
113 minutes

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Reviews (2) of And Then We Danced

Desire and ambition in modern Georgia - And Then We Danced review by JB

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This tale of career ambition and competition in the dance world and how that intersects with same-sex love was controversial in its home country of Georgia, but quite rightly praised at international film festivals.

Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) has dancing in his blood - various people in older generations of his family have had successful if ultimately unfulfilling careers in traditional Georgian dance. He wants to be the best - but so does new classmate Irakli (Bachi Valishvili). Gossip flies about Irakli and how he was kicked out of his former school after he slept with another male dancer. This awakens something in Merab and it's not just the spirit of competition.

This is such an assured, beautiful and sad film. How in some parts of the world same-sex desire is still taboo and how it has horrible consequences for those who feel unable to express it. It's wonderfully shot and acted and you feel every uttered and unuttered desire thanks to great chemistry between the leads. There's also a moment of emotional intimacy later on between Mehrab and his brother that's as good as that climactic father-son exchange in Call Me By Your Name. But not only that, it's also about career ambitions and how love and vocational success are not so far apart - how going your own way is ultimately sometimes the right thing for someone, if they're lucky (or talented) enough to be able to do it.

Although Georgian dancing is alien to me, the emotional power of this film makes the dancing's high drama universal. And the movie's other themes of self discovery and self actualisation are just stunningly and movingly conveyed.

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Didn’t hold my attention - And Then We Danced review by LH

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I watch many world films, but this just couldn’t hold my attention. Even a film making an important message should have some enjoyment factor.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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