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Vengo

Story supports music and dance instead of the other way around in this elegant flamenco tragedy written and directed by Tony Gatlif (Latcho drom). A man who can't stop mourning his daughter (Antonio Canales) may be courting his own doom as he mentors his nephew in the art of celebration, while the young man's father hides out from a rival family, fearing retribution for a killing. The drama, set on the Spanish plains, appears hyperreal and uncontrived; each scene focuses as deeply on the reactions of the characters, who form an audience within the narrative, as on the performances they watch or join. With Orestes Villasan Rodriguez, Tomatito, and Sheikh Ahmad al Tuni. In Spanish with subtitles. 90 min.

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