Sunday, December 2, 2007

Love and Dance

This is not an entry about yet another crush I have on someone from the dancing scene :)

Last night I went to see Love and Dance as part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.
Chen is a young boy constantly in the middle of the cultural conflict between his Russian born mother and Israeli father. While strolling the halls of a community center, Chen stumbles upon a ballroom dance class for children and is instantly taken with a beautiful young Russian girl in the class. His infatuation with Natalie leads him to join the class. Through his ballroom dancing, Chen ultimately helps to bridge the cultural divide in his own family – with a little help from the cha cha and the tango. Love and Dance is a multi-layered coming-of-age story, peppered with themes of ethnocentricity and cultural differences.

I absolutely LOVED this movie...even teared up a few times. Surprisingly, more than half of the movie was in Russian, so I did not even have to read the subtitles. The rest was in Hebrew, and I was happy to realize that I understood some of the simple words.

This was such a touching story. Definitely go see it if it will play in your area.

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