Desert Dancer

Empire (UK) - - REVIEW - JNU

Akram Khan’s vir­tu­oso chore­og­ra­phy, in this true-life tale of covert dancers dur­ing the height of Iran’s Green move­ment, can’t be de­nied. It’s the bits in-be­tween that don’t quite stack up. A biopic that plays rigidly by-the-num­bers, it of­fers few orig­i­nal flour­ishes for such fer­tile his­tor­i­cal ter­rain; a heroin-ad­dic­tion sub­plot, in par­tic­u­lar, en­sures it wob­bles rather than whirls.

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