JC is a prison guard. He is an ordinary man with an uneventful life. His only extravagance is tango dancing, once a week. In class one evening, he dances with a newcomer, Alice, who is in her 30’s, radiant and the mother of a 15-year-old teenager. The next day, he sees Alice again in the prison visiting room. She has come to visit two inmates, Fernand and Dominic, age-old friends and “partners-in-crime”—one is her husband, the other her lover. JC, the ordinary man, fi nds himself as a spectator to the all too eventful life of this uncommon woman. A woman who lives according to her desires and according to her own rules, divided between her men and her son. Prison regulations prohibit socializing with inmates’ families… JC is about to break all the rules that have defi ned his life. Tango libre is the last part of a trilogy by Frédéric Fonteyne about how women and love work. After Une liaison pornographique and La femme de Gilles he offers us—through the eyes of a prison guard in love—the portrait of a free woman who accepts (in the image of tango dancing) life’s constraints in order to better overcome them. —labiennale
Frédéric Fonteyne (1968, Ukkel, Belgium) realised four successful short films before he made his feature début with Max & Bobo. Une liaison pornografique is his second feature.
Bon’ anniversiare Sergent Bob (1988, short), Les Vloems (1989, short), La modeste (1991, short), Bob le deplorable (1993, short), Max & Bobo (1998), Une liaison pornographique (1999). —IFFR