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Director  Carlos Saura
Writer  Carlos Saura
Language  Spanish
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Musical
Budget  700 million ESP
Country  Argentina Spain
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Release date  August 6, 1998 (1998-08-06) (Argentina) September 25, 1998 (1998-09-25) (Spain)
Initial release  August 6, 1998 (Argentina)
Songs  Tango del atardecer
Cast  Miguel Ángel Solá (Mario Suárez), Cecilia Narova (Laura Fuentes), Mía Maestro (Elena Flores), Juan Carlos Copes (Carlos Nebbia)
Similar movies  Interstellar, Pitch Perfect 2, Birdman, The Time Traveler's Wife, Jamon Jamon, Knock Knock
Tagline  Tango: you never leave me

Tango (Spanish: Tango, no me dejes nunca) is a 1998 Argentine-Spanish musical drama tango film written and directed by Carlos Saura and starring Miguel Ángel Solá and Mía Maestro. It was photographed by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.


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Plot summary

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In Buenos Aires, Mario Suárez, a middle-aged theatre director, is left holed up in his apartment, licking his wounds when his girlfriend (and principal dancer) Laura leaves him. Seeking distraction, he throws himself into his next project, a musical about the tango. One evening, while meeting with his backers, he is introduced to a beautiful young woman, Elena, the girlfriend of his chief investor Angelo, a shady businessman with underworld connections.

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Angelo asks Mario to audition Elena. He does so and is immediately captivated by her. Eventually, he takes her out of the chorus and gives her a leading role. An affair develops between them, but the possessive Angelo has her followed, and threatens her with dire consequences if she leaves him, mirroring Mario's own feelings and actions towards Laura before Elena entered his life.

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The investors are unhappy with some of Mario's dance sequences. They don't like a routine which criticises the violent military repression and torture of the past. Angelo has been given a small part, which he takes very seriously. The lines between fact and fiction begin to blur: during a scene in the musical showing immigrants newly arrived in Argentina, two men fight over the character played by Elena. She is stabbed. Only slowly do we realise that her death is not for real.


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  • Miguel Ángel Solá as Mario Suárez
  • Mía Maestro as Elena Flores
  • Cecilia Narova as Laura Fuentes
  • Juan Luis Galiardo as Angelo Larroca
  • Juan Carlos Copes as Carlos Nebbia
  • Carlos Rivarola as Ernesto Landi
  • Sandra Ballesteros as María Elman
  • Óscar Cardozo Ocampo as Daniel Stein
  • Enrique Pinti as Sergio Lieman
  • Julio Bocca as Julio Bocca
  • Martín Seefeld as Andrés Castro
  • Production

    Tango was shown out of competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.



  • 1998 - Goya Award for Best Sound.
  • 1998 - Grand Prix Technique de la CST (Vittorio Storaro) at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
  • 1998 - San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Nominations

  • 1998 - Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • 1998 - Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Home media

    Tango was issued on DVD by Sony Pictures in August 1999, in Spanish with English subtitles.


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