Our Last Tango

María Nieves Rego (80) and Juan Carlos Copes (83) met when they were 14 and 17, and they danced together for nearly fifty years. In all those years they loved and hated each other and went through several painful separations. Now, at the end of their lives, the two dancers are willing to open up about their love, their hatred, and their passion. In "Our Last Tango" Juan and María tell their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, who transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of the lives into incredible tango-choreographies. These beautifully-shot performances compliment the soul-searching interviews and documentary moments of the film to make this an unforgettable journey into the heart of the tango.

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  • ★★★½ review by Courtney Small on Letterboxd

    No naked Brando, but there is plenty of dancing...we'll call it a draw.

  • ★★★★ review by A. Paulo Ferreira on Letterboxd

    Actualmente já octagenários, Juan Carlos Copes e María Nieves Rego, são solicitados a recordar as suas respectivas carreiras. Uma longa vida de dança dedicada ao tango e à revolução de reconhecimento que ambos dotaram.

    O realizador German Kral, experiente com dois documentários no género da tradição e dança, organiza aqui um balanço, em jeito de documentário-ficional, que perfila entre os testemunhos de entrevistas no momento presente, e por analepses recorre à revisitação do passado deste par, reconstituindo a sua jornada como duo, devidamente alicerçado com o contexto social e de época, para nos devolver com justiça o tanto que criativamente ambicionaram ao tango, naquele que até viria a ser denominado de o estilo Copes.

    Atravessa graciosamente a evolução da vida pessoal de ambos, demonstrando que, apesar de terem seguido os seus próprios destinos, foi sempre o talento único de ambos que, quando juntos, se tornavam num só, inigualáveis, criativos... uma dinâmica muito forte e incontornável.

    Sobressai ainda a imensa humildade com que ambos afloram os factos na abordagem aos momentos mais complicados que atravessaram. María Nieves é deliciosamente desarmante, com o seu aparente discurso simples e descomplicado, aflorando aspetos bastante profundos sobre o significado da vida.

    Para todos aqueles que dançam, para todos aqueles com a necessidade da ligação de par, e muito especialmente para os amantes do tango, um documentário biográfico altamente recomendado porque poderá deixar algo semeado na psique pois há aqui muitas chamadas de atenção e conselhos de vida.

    8/10 Muito Bom

  • ★★★½ review by cinemagazine on Letterboxd

    "Juan en María doen hun verhaal voor de camera en aan een groep jonge tangodansers en choreografen, die op hun beurt alle mooie, dramatische en tragische momenten uit de geschiedenis van het koppel al dansend verbeelden. De totstandkoming van die dansscènes en het spetterende resultaat ervan geeft de film niet alleen in tekst maar ook in beeld een grote liefde voor de tango mee. Tussendoor zien we de hoofdrolspelers dwalen door de straten van de Argentijnse hoofdstad, die zo anders is dan een halve eeuw geleden; die ze soms nauwelijks terug herkennen."

  • ★★★★ review by rlrm on Letterboxd

    Beautiful mix between music, dance and stories. It made me love tango. Best parts are the beginning and the end, it goes slower in the middle but very good documentary overall.

  • ★★★½ review by soybean on Letterboxd

    I really liked the format and editing of this as they use dance numbers and interviews together to tell the story of the couple and their relationship. I also like how the dances are supervised by María Nieves herself and they also reflect on the story that they are telling. Two different actors are used to tell the story and at certain times it shows the younger, slightly older, and María Nieves at 80 y/o dancing to the same song which i thought was cool. The number at the end with the men is all black was probably my favorite and although the documentary is unable to say anything explicit about María and Juan themselves, I believe that it allows the audience to make their own judgements about the two.

    Personal preference: I know that the two made an impact in the history of tango but I wish it the documentary also showed more about how they impacted tango instead of just their personal relationships.

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