And Then We Danced (2019)

And Then We Danced is a movie starring Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, and Ana Javakishvili. A passionate coming-of-age tale set amidst the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi, the film follows Merab, a competitive dancer...
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  • 2018-09-13 Added:
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9 / 10

My favourite film of the year so far.

May 2013. Tbilisi, Georgia. Dozens of gay activists proudly marching against homophobia were violently beat by 20,000 protesters, led by Orthodox Church priests. Police did nothing to prevent the incident. Around this time, 15 countries had legalised the right to same-sex marriage while many others were on their way to doing the same.

But not Georgia.

This deplorable tragedy struck a chord with Levan Akin, whose Georgian roots urged him to make And Then We Danced - a sensual tale on falling in love in a place held back by austere traditions, and the bravest act one can commit under these circumstances: staying true to who you are by opening up your heart. It's easy to compare this to Call Me By Your Name - both films are delicate and emotionally charged explorations of first love where actions pioneer over words - but to do so would be a disservice to a story so ravishingly distinct and culturally significant, one that isn't even supported by its own country because the freedom to love is still imposed by the horrors of convention. Yet, despite the contextual heartache surrounding its conception, Akin moulds a beautiful recital of yearning and acceptance, condemning Georgia's stance by joyously celebrating gay love rather than directly chastising a nation through a cynical narrative. Only those who have learnt to love against all the hate in this world can fight that way, and Akin delivers in euphoric spades.

And Then We Danced is a technical showpiece and a tender introspection on becoming who you were always meant to be. I won't stop thinking about its everlasting embrace.

10 / 10

AMAZING

So close to Georgian reality, i felt like i was back in Tbilisi again, which i absolutely loved. So much representation for the culture, in a way that highlights the good parts and also touches on the bad parts that need to be improved, or disposed of.the storyline is wonderful! the buildup for the romance is amazing and well-developed.The actors are phenomenal, i felt literally every emotion they felt.I absolutely loved the metaphor of Kintouri, that Merab & Irakli dance together.the music!!! is so good!!!In conclusion, the movie is wonderful and literally everyone needs to watch it.Huge Shoutouts to the actors and Levan Akin for creating this story and putting it out there in the world.Much Love from Sakartvelo (Georgia)

9 / 10

One of the best this year

If you want a different, warm, gripping and engaging drama - this is the movie! This heartwarming story from Georgia is a charmbomb. Incredibly well filmed with the storytelling taking place in Tiblisi. We follow a young man's encounter with his first love, in unfamiliar surroundings (at least for me). Great performances by these young actors make it both poignant and believable. I think the protagonist of the film clearly manages to show the challenges of being gay, in an environment that is clearly not ready for it. The film's message of what love and sorrow does to us is universal, but the place and surroundings this takes place in this film, lift it up and make it a special and touching experience in the cinema. Thanks to the Oslo Fusion Film Festival setting up this one, I hope it gets wide release worldwide. A warm recommendation from me.

10 / 10

Masterpiece with true story of current state

Masterpiece with true story of current state of country Georgia. Religious country and stigma of being gay. Love, attraction and public hate. This film deserves an Oscar.

9 / 10

Rich!

Gorgeous cinematography as well as deeply moving story. Bravo!