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Teachers in a rural school, happy couple Fiona and Dom have a common passion: Latin Dancing. One night, after a glorious dance competition, they have a car accident and see their lives turn upside down. Rumba or how optimism and humour can overcome fatality!
The gags here aren't quite as inspired as in 'L'Iceberg' or 'The Fairy', but Abel and Gordon are always a delight to watch.
At first I was worried this was going to be a bit try-hard, but it is in fact just wonderfully, genuinely, unpretentiously WEIRD. I didn't quite love it but I did enjoy it a lot!
I love films that wear their style on their sleeves and Rumba is definitely one of those films. The style is pretty reminiscent of say Wes Anderson mixed in with a dash of Jared Hess and a sprinkling of Taika Waititi. There is very sparse dialog making it seem like a silent slapstick film. The plot is dark, yet the film feels so light and humorous. The lighting throughout the film feels so fake, but it really gives it this unexplainable creative aura as if everything has been "made" for the film. The characters are awkward and sometimes do things that are easily foreseen, but I still enjoyed knowing what would happen, yet not knowing how it would play out. And to tie it all back to dancing, the film has its own rhythm and the lack of dialog makes it feel even more like one big dance.
Refreshingly funny with a whole lotta heart, and some fabulous dancing. As colorful as the poster.
Rumba is a film that is mostly dialog free, the actors in the film do a lot of physical comedy/acting, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. When it works it is a very funny film, full of cartoonish moments. It's also a very colorful and beautiful looking movie, set pieces and clothing really stand out. Even though it is 76 minutes it does tend to drag in some spots thus making that time length feel longer.
i don't think i've ever fallen quite so much in love with a film in years... a beautiful, beautiful film - very much in the vein of tati but with a more lyrical bent at times... it's genuinely sweet as well as belly laugh brilliant. i want to watch it all over again IMMEDIATELY, that's how much i unreservedly love this film....
Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon are excellent together! Gorgeous film that absolutely anyone can enjoy.
By now you should know that I am miserable, cantankerous and grumpy. But from time to time I enjoy chuckling…