Ariel: Back to Buenos Aires
Year Released: 2023
Runtime: 1h 36m
Director(s): Alison Murray
Writer(s): Alison Murray
Cast: Cristina Banegas, Raphael Grosz-Harvey, Heinz K. Krattiger, Gerardo Romano, Cristina Rosato, Eleonora Wexler
Where To Watch: Exclusively On Demand September 12, 2023; for more information, visit www.arieltangomovie.com
RAVING REVIEW: The captivating portrait of a beautiful cityscape is more than just a backdrop in ARIEL: BACK TO BUENOS AIRES; the sights and the sounds of the city are the pulsating heart of a gripping narrative. This film takes you on an emotional whirlwind, diving deep into Argentina's rich history, including the dark side of war and questions about one's individuality and past.
The essence of Buenos Aires gets its life from the tango clubs, which serve as the canvas for our protagonists, the Vega siblings – Davie (Raphael Grosz-Harvey) and Diana (Cristina Rosato.) While the dance floors vibrate with passionate tango rhythms, Davie gets entangled in memories and a blooming romance with Josefina (Eleonora Wexler) that puts everyone's world into a spiral. As for Diana, she’s on a different mission altogether, sifting through the sand of time, unearthing secrets related to Davie's past, a revelation that unexpectedly whisks them to Toronto. Yet, even miles away, the essence of tango doesn’t leave them.
Something must be said about director Alison Murray's knack for intertwining dance, drama, and deeper societal issues in a single cinematic experience. Her adept storytelling, enriched by personal experiences and accomplishments (like her notable win at the Buenos Aires Tango Championship with Carlos Boeri), brings a delightful complexity to ARIEL. It's not merely a dance movie; it's a layered tapestry of narratives. At its core, ARIEL delves into individual introspection, the quest for identity amidst haunting historical events, and the redemptive power of dance.
But this isn't just about mesmerizing dance sequences or a trip back in history. The true beauty of ARIEL lies in how it tackles deep-rooted societal issues and personal dilemmas against a vibrant, rhythmic backdrop. The stark contrast between Buenos Aires' vivacity and the haunting tales of war gives this film its soul-stirring depth. The film's strength comes from Rosato and Grosz-Harvey's impressive back and forth on screen, and their chemistry shows the power of familial bonds that are hard to fake. The heart of the cast and crew who created this film is clear from the first scene to the last frame.
The genius behind ARIEL is evident, with its narrative that beautifully balances the simple with the profound, the historical with the personal. This movie guarantees an immersive experience for all, whether you’re a dance enthusiast or just looking for a powerful story of redemption. It offers a multi-layered experience, blending heart-pulling moments with a robust storyline. It's an evocative journey through Buenos Aires, Canada, and a family's past, where every twist and turn in the dance mirrors the intricacies of life and history.
In conclusion, ARIEL: BACK TO BUENOS AIRES is not just a feast for the eyes but also a thought-provoking delve into the annals of history, personal revelations, and the charming allure of Argentine tango. This film, a harmonious blend of drama, cultural depth, and the timeless appeal of dance, is a must-watch for those seeking entertainment and enlightenment. Dive into this compelling narrative, a cinematic journey that remains with you, echoing in your thoughts long after the final scene fades.
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