THE DANCER UPSTAIRS (2003) The first feature directed by John Malkovich is set in an unnamed Latin American country, and it has a mystery, and moral unease, that lingers.… 2003-05-02 R PT135M Drama Javier Bardem John Malkovich Laura Morante Wolframio Benavides Juan Diego Botto Elvira Minguez Laura Morante Fox Searchlight Pictures
Movie Review

THE DANCER UPSTAIRS (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: May 02, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 135 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Javier Bardem, John Malkovich and Laura Morante; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The first feature directed by John Malkovich is set in an unnamed Latin American country, and it has a mystery, and moral unease, that lingers. What looks at first like a terrorist cataclysm sinister enough to be science fiction is, in fact, the film's version of the Shining Path movement that dominated Peru in the early '80s. As the investigating police captain, Javier Bardem is placid yet implosive: a force of good who may not be forceful enough.

Originally posted May 16, 2003 Published in issue #710 May 16, 2003 Order article reprints