Monday, 20 August 2007

"En Tus Brazos" François-Xavier Goby, Edouard Jouret & Matthieu Landour

Three French students - François-Xavier Goby, Edouard Jouret & Matthieu Landour - created the stirring "En Tus Brazos" in 2005. It is a work of art and speaking as someone who has belatedly been dragged, kicking and screaming, to learn the Tango (amongst other dances) it seems pretty authentic to me. It is about a seemingly crippled Argentine star of the Tango world in the 1920s. He sits in his wheelchair and reminisces about those glorious days of adulation, news headlines, sparkling venues and, not to be forgotten, his beautiful dance partner. And it is thanks to her that he is pulled to his feet and revived through the power of dance. As I said, this is a stirring movie, in shades of sepia and grey with just a smidgeon of red for his partner's dress and headband. In gloriously synchronised action to the music the pair strut their stuff - the tango is a most romantic dance. The artwork is stylish in an art deco way, full of period detail such as the gramophone and the concert room dancefloor. The figures are beautifully modelled in 3D, with exquisite detail in their hands, or the rather snazzy moustache that our hero twists in a rogueish way to signify his recovering spirits. I must mention the soundtrack because it is integral to the action: music for En Tus Brazos itself by Carlos Zárate, lyrics by Elizardo Martínez Vilas (Marvil) and for the second piece, El Huracán - music by Edgardo Donato and Osvaldo Donato with lyrics by Manuel "Nolo" López. The link is to the creators' website and there are available stills as well as a list of their stack of awards and festival screenings. As well as the full movie!

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