DANZON is an elegant ballroom dance enjoyed by thousands of enthusiasts in Mexico. It is also a rather leisurely tale of a woman's search for her dance partner, who has mysteriously disappeared. While showing considerable polish for its tiny budget, this film is hampered by sluggish pacing and a casual acceptance of prostitution, transvestism and decidedly "unsafe" sex.
DANZON is an elegant ballroom dance enjoyed by thousands of enthusiasts in Mexico. It is also a rather leisurely tale of a woman’s search for her dance partner who has mysteriously disappeared. In her search, Julia has a brief sexual fling with a Mexican seaman in Veracruz. Afterward, she returns to Mexico City and again finds her Danzon partner at the dance hall, and it is back to life (or dance) as usual.
DANZON has been acclaimed among critics, especially for its feminist point of view and probably represents the first wave of a Mexican cinema revival. However, the film itself, while showing considerable polish for its tiny budget of $600,000, is hampered by sluggish pacing and a casual acceptance of prostitution, transvestism and “unsafe” sex. While vigorously attempting to be non judgmental, DANZON here falls into a hazardous (and, by the way, anti-feminist) trap: portraying a casual sexual encounter as infusing a healthy glow into a previously dreary life. It also remains to be seen whether Mexico’s more talented filmmakers will resist or embrace the moral anarchy which infects DANZON and so many films produced north of the border.
(L, S, Ho) 2 profanities; and, sexual immorality implied, including a casual and accepting view of prostitution & transvestism.