And Then We Danced ★★★★★

Stirring tale of two dancers (Levan Gelbakhiani and Bachi Valishvili) trying to make the National Georgian Ensemble. The film focuses primarily on Merab (Gelbakhiani) on this quest, in addition to also holding his family together. When he starts to develop an attraction to Irakli (Valishvili) this further complicates everything. The dancing is electric, as is the chemistry between the two leads. Their scenes are all the more touching because the film slowly walks us through them, instead of rushing to show us their meant to be together. Merab’s family feels like an actual family, so real are their interactions together. And what is captured most memorably are the moments when a crush turns into reality, and when the reality of life comes crashing down around you afterwards. The scene on the bus where Merab slowly leans his head onto Ikali’s, and the scene between Merab and his brother at the end of the film will stick with me for a long, long time.

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