“Fermin” The Movie, In Every Embrace There’s a Story And That’s What We Dance

“Those Arms embraced Tango. They embraced pain, repentance. Sometime soon they will embrace death. In every embrace there’s a story and that’s what we dance.” – Ciempiés in the Movie “Fermin”

The embrace is magical. A tango is more or less 3 minutes per song. We come together to embrace someone for 3 to 4 of these 3 minutes songs. To be able to embrace someone is a gift. We all come with different walks of life, some younger, some older, and from all around the world. When we embrace, we share a part of ourselves, our lives, and the stories we have lived. For the precious 3 minutes, we share “the moment”. The meeting of two people’s energies in an embrace, for me, is one of the most beautiful things in the world. If we are open to giving and receiving, the moment can be intense, the moment can be profound, the moment can be life changing, and it is magical. There are times, when the song comes to an end, and we linger… because we don’t want that moment to finish. And there! That is the beauty of tango, it does come to an end. For that reason, it’s important to be so fully present in the moment of the embrace. To embrace with everything you have, to give and then to be completely open to receiving from the other. The two energies flow and then merge. And once in a while, you encounter those unforgettable embraces, of a sensation of eternal connection. Where it feels like the drapes that cover the heart, sways open with the embrace, and the light comes flowing through to bring the inside and outside world together. Where the boundaries of yourself and the other doesn’t exist anymore, where everything in the room disappears and location and time doesn’t matter anymore, where everything else is forgotten and what is present is just simply that “moment”. That beautiful sensation of being “exactly and simply present” in complete unity. That is the magic of the embrace. That is the magic of tango. What a blessing and joy to be able to dance tango every single day. Sharing our embraces. Sharing our stories.

Yesterday I went to see the movie “Fermin” (aka “Glorias del Tango”) produced by Oliver Kolker. The movie was just released here in Argentina a few days ago. It was a touching movie that made me laugh and cry. Especially, if you are a tango lover, this movie is not to be missed. I would say that this is one of the few movies that really convey the beauty and magic of tango, not just about the dance, but the life behind it. Tango is not just a dance, but the stories and lives that people bring into it. And yes, that is what we dance! The actors were impressing, and amongst them, familiar tango dancers from the community were acting and dancing, giving us insiders some chuckles as we watched the movie. I wish I could understand the Castellano and Lunfardo better, but even with the lack of language comprehension, the movie was still strong. It moved me, and made me realize once again, how beautiful tango is, and how fortunate I am that it is a part of my life. I highly recommend for all tango lovers to see this, and then the non-tango population, perhaps you will understand a little more what tango is about and why we tango dancers choose this insane but beautiful life of tango.

The synopsis of the movie taken from their website:
Argentina in 2002 is in the midst of one of the worst economic, political and social crises in its history, a pathetic scene for all those professional young people who wish to prosper in their country. Ezequiel Kaufman (33) is a psychiatrist who works in a typical 3rd world country public hospital. Spain and a 4-year research job vacancy arise, bringing Ezequiel a unique job opportunity. In order to apply for the position he is required to present a clinical case study. Among his patients is Fermín Turdera (85) (Héctor Alterio), a patient at the hospital for more than 10 years. Mr. Fermin expresses himself exclusively using the lyrics and titles of Tango Songs, a peculiar characteristic not understood by the doctors until Ezequiel comes on the scene.

A great patient/doctor relationship develops between Ezequiel and Fermín. Through their relationship, Ezequiel discovers the tango and the customs of Argentina in the 40’s , when Fermín reveals his relationship with his two most intimate friends, Ciempiés and Clodomiro; and Zulma Prando his greatest love.

Not only will Ezequiel navigate across the waters of the Tango underworld with Fermín, he will also find love when he meets Fermin’s granddaughter, EVA Turdera. Eva was raised by Fermín when her parents disappeared during the Military Dictatorship in the 1970’s.

The treatment brings Fermín to an understanding of his own past, and to settle an old debt. Ezequiel, on the other hand, will be forced to decide his own future.

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