Patrick Chesnais plays Jean-Claude, a bailif who's in his mid 50s. He's got an annoying father that complains about everything, and nothing else much. He goes around town warning people they haven't got long to pay for their rent - and goes back to the office to fill out endless paperwork.
His mind is fixated on the tango school next door, and dreams of dancing the tango with women. So one day he goes there, and he finds a friend from the days he used to baby sit. Francoise (Anne Consigny - 36 (the film, not her age)) has got marriage plans with her new fiancé, but she's confused and starts having a crush on Jean-Claude.
The film follows their ups and downs, well mainly Jean-Claude's - and how he teaches his aprentice to go and grow flowers instead of doing the mundane job of working for the bailif's office.
This film is beautiful, the dancing is well captured and you get the feeling of intimacy that you'd feel while doing the tango with a beautiful young woman. The camera angles are subline and it's just stylishly done, like a lot of French movies, it's got such passion and psychology, and lets you make up your own mind about things. Both the lead roles are performed flawlessly, and the scenerio is borderline fantasy with moments of realism. The music is great, mainly tango, but works well with the other parts of the film.
Definately worth renting, as the extras are not much cop, two interviews, a trailer and their filmographies - but that's all you really need. Artificial Eye have done a good job of the transfer, it's colours are great and the audio is well balanced, though they could have done with putting more dynamics at times. A louder speech track would have been better, but I did watch this in Dolby 2.0 rather than the 5.1.
Well worth watching if you like indie films.