The movie begins and follows the life of a renown director of a play. He is reading from a script that describes what you are seeing as the first 5-10 minutes of this movie play.
As the movie continues, you are seeing part of his life and his lost love that is alluded to in the first minutes. You see the progress of the play he is doing and its various stages and acting. You also see some marvelous dancing and hear some great music, all to be part of this play.
I was amazed at the precision foot work of the tango. Wow. What also struck me and frequently strikes me in non-American made movies is the plain-ness of the non-leading actors and actresses. These are ordinary looking old and young people, more so than you see in American movies.
Ironically though the male leads are so-so and the female leads are drop-dead gorgeous. That's even worse than the Hollywood formula. When the woman and men are equal in looks I'll be impressed. Enough of that soapbox.
However on age, the best dancers were the oldest and the middle aged ones in the movie. This was marvelous to see. So often you equate great dancing with youth, however, here it is not so.
As the story goes on you follow the foibles of the director's love life. It is a mess and he complicates it further. The play is a marvelous backdrop for his moods.
As the movie goes on, you begin to wonder as you do with the opening scene how much is the play and how much is the movie. This wonderful transposition continues to the very end. However, at times you are quite confused.
In some cases the movie was a was a bit slow, overemphasizing a point. You don't really see why the director and his first girfriend break up and you don't really see what prompts his new relationship. Also, I would have liked even more dancing given the name of the movie.
It is a bit confusing, but the sound, the dancing and the feel are all well done.