ⓘ Tango (1998 film)

Tango (1998 film)

ⓘ Tango (1998 film)

Tango is a 1998 Argentine-Spanish musical drama tango film written and directed by Carlos Saura and starring Miguel Angel Sola and Mia Maestro. It was photographed by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.


1. Plot summary

In Buenos Aires, Mario Suarez, 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.

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 Marios own feelings and actions towards Laura before Elena entered his life.

The investors are unhappy with some of Marios dance sequences. They dont 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.


2. Cast

  • Miguel Angel Sola as Mario Suarez
  • Enrique Pinti as Sergio Lieman
  • Julio Bocca as Julio Bocca
  • Mia Maestro as Elena Flores
  • Juan Carlos Copes as Carlos Nebbia
  • Cecilia Narova as Laura Fuentes
  • Sandra Ballesteros as Maria Elman
  • Juan Luis Galiardo as Angelo Larroca
  • Martin Seefeld as Andres Castro
  • Oscar Cardozo Ocampo as Daniel Stein
  • Carlos Rivarola as Ernesto Landi

3. Accolades


  • 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
  • 1998 - Goya Award for Best Sound.


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  • 1998 - Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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