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Two Step

If only seven plot lines exist in literature, there's just one dance story, and it's told with numbing banality by helmer/scripter Andrea Barzini in "Two Step." Based on the true story of Albanian dancer/thesp Kledi Kadiu, pic goes light on immigrant travails, including indentured servitude, and instead repeats the usual "Fame"-like auditions and the struggle to live for art.

Cast:
With: Kledi Kadiu, Laura Chiatti, Genti Kame, Stefania Barca, Monica Vallerini, Nathalie Guetta, Andrea Sartoretti, Paola Carleo, Riccardo Zinna, Riccardo Rossi, Lucio Patane, Augusto Zucchi, Fatos Haxhiraj.

If only seven plot lines exist in literature, there’s just one dance story, and it’s told with numbing banality by helmer/scripter Andrea Barzini in “Two Step.” Based on the true story of Albanian dancer/thesp Kledi Kadiu, pic goes light on immigrant travails, including indentured servitude, and instead repeats the usual “Fame”-like auditions and the struggle to live for art. Local B.O. is holding steady near the bottom of the top 10, but this strictly boob tube fare won’t travel.

Lured to Italy with promises of a career, ballet dancer Beni (Kadiu) is forced into indentured servitude when he arrives from Albania and must dance on sleazy provincial stages before being locked up with other immigrants at night. Eventually, a real audition gives him the courage to break free of his captors. At the try-outs, he falls for Francesca (Laura Chiatti), however, he winds up in the arms of bitchy PR flack Tamara (Monica Vallerini). Barzini doesn’t hold the camera on the dances long enough to see them in full, instead substituting tilted angles and staggered slo-mo. Nonetheless, unlike most other calendar boys, Kadiu actually has terpsichorean talent.

Two Step

Italy

Production: A 01 Distribution release (in Italy) of a RAI Cinema, Magic Moments production. Produced by Marco Poccioni, Marco Valsania.  Directed, written by Andrea Barzini, based on a idea by Maurizio Costanzo.

Crew: Camera (color), Marco Pieroni; editors, Enzo Meniconi, Ivo Vacca; music, Roberto Vernetti, Fabio Gurian; production designer, Franco Ceraolo; costume designer, Eva Coen; choreographer, Mauro Mosconi. Reviewed at the Casa del Cinema, Rome, Sept. 27, 2005. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: With: Kledi Kadiu, Laura Chiatti, Genti Kame, Stefania Barca, Monica Vallerini, Nathalie Guetta, Andrea Sartoretti, Paola Carleo, Riccardo Zinna, Riccardo Rossi, Lucio Patane, Augusto Zucchi, Fatos Haxhiraj.

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