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From the writers/directors of L'Iceberg!
Chicago Theatrical Premiere
"Like an episode of Sesame Street scripted by Luis Buñuel and helmed by Jacques Tati, Rumba turns dark tragedy into deadpan comedy" -Variety
"Engaging, gentle and lovable" -Guardian UK
"Pleasing and amusing" -Roger Ebert
Recommended! "[Rumba] resembles Jarmusch or Kaurismaki, but with a tart, absurdist Belgian bent... The fiery color palette is a rush all on its own" -NewCity Chicago
"Rumba offers gorgeously executed visual jokes by two masters of the form" -TimeOut Chicago
Critics' Choice! "In a comedy market dominated by crudity, sarcasm, and smug pop-culture references, laughs this pure hit like lightning" -Chicago Reader
Through a series of surreal jokes, a couple turns tragic accidents into a deadpan comedy routine. Elementary school teachers by day, Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (co-writers/directors going by their real first names) are trophy winning tango dancers at night. They celebrate life in every way they can, mostly in dance and loving each other, but after returning from the rumba competition that they have won, their dancing careers are cut short by a car accident leaving both of them seriously injured. Their future as a couple is threatened and then one wonders if they ever be able to get back on their dancing feet again. However, this near-silent comedy proves that optimism and love can overcome the most serious obstacles, using music, creativity, and great comedic storytelling with originality and flare.
Directed by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Remy, Belgium/France, 2008, 35mm, 77 mins. In French with English subtitles.