Merab has been training from a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary. His world turns upside down when the carefree Irakli arrives and becomes both his strongest rival and desire.
Whilst every heartfelt moment is underscored with an anger towards the stolen freedoms of queer people today, what matters is the sheer number of viewers who will come away feeling thankful for this essential film.| Read in full: And Then We Danced movie review We Love Cinema
The physicality of this picture is exciting.The Guardian
This film is a precious feat embellished with a daringly courageous and pensive reflection of Georgian identity.Little White Lies
Levan Akin’s sensuous drama conjures the glint of gay desire amidst the lithe but forbidding orthodoxies of a Georgian dance ensemble.Sight & Sound
And Then We Danced is a well-made love story, anchored by a mesmerizing Levan Gelbakhiani and enlivened by electrifying dance numbers.Empire
And Then We Danced, Swedish filmmaker Levan Akin’s luminous tour de force (and his native country’s Oscar submission for Best International Feature Film) adorns itself with the question of cultural identity as proudly as Merab dons his traditional Georgian dance robe in its rousing final scene.IndieWire