And Then We Danced (2019) Script

From the top.

Stop. Stop!

You should be like a nail.

From the top.

Come on. Focus now.

Three. Four. Go.

You're too soft.

You need to be more like a monument.


And your eyes are too playful.

Your gaze should be here.

Is that understood?

They need to convey purity.

Virginal innocence.

What? Is this funny to all of you?

There's no sexuality in Georgian dance.

This isn't the Lambada.


Who are you?

I'm Irakli, the replacement dancer.

Replacement for who?

Go stand over there. Again, from the top!

Get over here.

What you got there?

This? It's an earring.

Do you know where you are?

The Georgian National Ensemble.

So take the damn earring off!

Just go stand over there.

Where are you from?

Where are you from?


Ok. Let's see what you got.

Get going, the Adjarian duet.


Get ready. Four.

Hey, could you be a little more careful?



Mr. Shalva...

I need to ask you... could I get half my salary... in advance?


It's really an emergency.

I can't.

Go do your job.

Take those Khinkalis out to the customers.


Where are the beers?

I'll bring them now.

What the fuck's his problem?

They wanna get drunk.

The fuck with them.

How many?

They're three.

I'll take it out.


What's this?

Take it.

Take it, I am telling you.

You gave me enough.

Thank you.

I'm leaving.

Be a good boy.




I need potatoes.

That's enough.

Everything good at home?


See you.

Damn circus in there again tonight.

Alright, Aurora.

Lay off it.

Lay off it?

The whole damn neighbourhood knows every detail of that woman's life.

I'm home!

What happened?

Be careful so she doesn't wake.

I told you not to bring any leftovers!

What have you told that woman about us? Does she think we're poor?!

What does it matter if she thinks we're poor?

It's a shame to throw it away, that's all.

What is this? These potatos you bring home?

Those were the best ones, sorry.

The dead have arisen.

Mom, can you put on some coffee?

At this hour?

I don't want you up all night, sleeping all day.

Take out the bread, instead.

Where's your brother?

You tell me.


You put on such a scene, the whole neighbourhood heard you.

It's not paid.

He wouldn't give me an advance.

Some pocket change I got in tips.

Why don't you ask your Lasha to help us?

His own father is sick, I can't ask him.

Of course not... but when he needs you to come clean his apartment you're there.

Are you his cleaning lady?

Yes, mom, I'm like his cleaning lady.

You know what?

He should marry you.

Marry you.

Then you can go live with him, and we both can finally rest.

Dear Lord, what days we've lived.

Get up. Let's go.

Your brother just got home.

Yes, Aurora, I'm aware, thank you for the newsflash.

He woke me!



Gotta take a dump.

Then get out, do it after me.

Knock it off!


Stop banging, you'll wake your mother!

Listen, I'm not feeling well.

Got the runs.

I'll come when the training starts.

Stop fooling around.

Go with your brother now.

Fine, grandma.

Lend me 10 lari.

I don't have anything.


Let go!

What the fuck is this?

I'm gonna buy Mary a milkshake today.

Give it back to me.

I'll buy everyone milkshakes tomorrow.

Go fuck yourself.

Look at those tits.

Do you know how much these main ensemble guys get paid?

Plus they get to travel the wole damn world.


From the top.

What's your name?

Merab Lominadze.

You're Ioseb's boy?


How's he doing?

Fine, I guess.

Where does he work?

At Elliava.

I see...

And what's your name?

Mariam Kipiani.

How long have you two been dancing together?

We got paired when we were ten.

What is Georgian dance?


Georgian dance is not about achieving perfection.

It's the spirit of our nation.


The main ensemble is looking for a dancer.

Quiet down!

A male!

They'll let us know how many of you they want to see audition.

Let's go again.

Excuse me.


When will the auditions be held?

Soon enough.

Take positions!

Three, four!

He's so strange, this new boy.

Just asking Aliko questions like that.

I think so too.

You know why the main ensemble need a replacement, right?


It's Zaza, they kicked out.


What? Why?

There was like a scandal when they performed in Yerevan.

What scandal?

Apparently some of the guys beat him up real bad.

He could barely walk after.

What happened?

They caught him having sex.

With a guy.

And an Armenian!

Who told you?

My cousin. Why? You don't believe me?

Anyway, his family sent him off to a monastery now.

Like way up in the mountains. You can barely get there with a car.

Why'd they send him to a monastery?

What do you mean why?

To make him normal again of course.

Is the smell gone?


You guys remember crazy Marina, right?

She's still alive! Thought she was dead. Hadn't seen her for two months.

I was on my way, she fell and... helped her get up.

She sees my muscles, and she's like:

"You must jerk off so much!?"

You know why she walks like this?

Cause Rati's grandpa used to bang her three times a day!

I knew you were going to say that.

You're Irakli right?


Have you been to Roena's brothel?

No. No?

Listen, she's got some new Ukranian girls.

Let's go and check them out?

No, man, I can't. I got a girl in Batumi.

Really? She any good?

What did you say?

Say it again man!?

Say it again!

Hey, come on, man, he has a girlfriend.

Alright, man, alright.

Sorry, man, I was just fooling around.

Did I hurt your feelings?

Peace, man, no offence.



Fuck off!

You never learn!

Where you going?

Their electricity got turned off.

I told your brother to go talk to your father.

Just to see if he could help us.

But you would've thought I asked him to go kill somebody, the way he reacted.

I can't bare being without light.

How's Mary these days?

I don't know. She's good, I guess.

You know? I could maybe talk to Irina...

See if she can give me more days in the boutique.

If you stop fighting with everybody, maybe she will.

Don't start, mother.

This reminds me of Shevarnadze's time.


Bring me your other dance shoes and I'll repair them too.

...emotional, fiery with temperament... but most importantly, his dance had... a story behind it.

His dance was spiritual.

He was not just dancing... every move he made had a narrative.

Miss Mzia?

Can you open the door for me?

You're doing it wrong.

You keep landing wrong on this leg.

You'll hurt yourself.

You need to straighten this.

How long have you been dancing?

Since I could walk.


Since I was 13.


Nothing. Gotta take a shit. See you.

Take a break.

Take a break.


From now on, you're doing the Adjarian duet.

Now, take your place.

Three, four...

They're from London. My aunt brought them.

Keep them.

Tell her thanks.

They're much better than ours.

They taste really different.

My dad told me that we get the bad cigarettes that the Europeans won't smoke.

Can't wait to get back to London.

Do you think Aliko will change his mind?

We've been rehearsing that routine for a year now.

I don't know.

He's Adjarian, the dance fits him.

You think he's better than me?

No, I just meant he's different.

Nothing more.

Yeah, right.

Don't forget these.

You can keep your fancy cigarettes.

What's the matter with him?

They're from London!

Do you want a milkshake?



If you only knew how amazing the milkshakes are in London.

You'd go crazy. My favorite is salted caramel.

It's the best.

It's salty, but just enough.

But it's still sweet. It's really delicious.

There's this small Cafe...


Do you know where Ioseb has his spot?

Just go straight down and to the right.

You could learn something from this girl, instead of listening to your grandmother.

It's really tough, both dancing and studying at the same time.

But I really think it's important.


I told you ten times to come register with me this semester.

Listen, son...

I never wanted this life for you or your brother.

There's no future in Georgian dance.

Do you want to end up like me?

I guess not...

Being a dancer is a dog's life.

You destroy your body.

And for what?

So you get to perform at La Scala one time?

You performed at La Scala?


But his grandmother did.

For real?

She never told me.

And me and his mother performed in Albert Hall once.



You don't know anything now, do you?


Everyone knows, but he knows nothing.

Just lovely.

I only knew about The Metropolitan.

Quit squabbling.

Fine, alright.

Want a sip?

What is this?!

The main ensemble has lost a male dancer.

And what?

And... so they're looking for a replacement.

And what?

I'm gonna apply.

Boy! It's not for you. Why can't you understand that?

Your brother on the other hand, if he cared enough...

So I'll practice every day.

You'll need to practice 24/7, you know that right?

So then I'll practice 24/7!

What do you want from me!?

I can make some calls, if you want.

I could talk to Aliko.

It's not like Aliko will care what you have to say.

I just don't want you wasting your time, that's all.

You need money?


Give this to your mother.

This is all I have right now.

Your brother got the electricity back.

God bless him.

I fixed it, I know a guy who works there.

He helped me out.

What did you do?

Don't worry, brother.

My baby boy.

Where'd that woman put the nuts?

They're over here.

Aliko said that if you miss another rehearsal, you're out.

I don't care.

What about the salary?

What salary? Are you kidding me?

I'm going out!

Alright, dear.

Eat up.

Hey... sorry about the dance thing.

Not my fault.

Yeah, whatever.

Listen, I'll come with you to the studio now.


But help me get my brother up, or he won't come up all today.



Wake up, boy!

Get up!

Hey, cool posters!

Get up, man!

Look, it's the same as your tatoo!

I gotta puke!


Aliko will kill you if you don't come today!

Go before me and I'll come after.

Who is this boy your brother brings home like this in the morning?

Mind your own business!

Hello, I'm Irakli!

Very nice to meet you!

What a sympathetic young man!

What a sweet lady!

Are you kidding me?!

Looks good...


I'm so hungover!

Fuck. I lost my earring.

It's probably in the changing room. In your bag, maybe?

Does Ninutza have a boyfriend?

I don't know.

I don't think so.

I think she's into me.

Not like that.

I really like her.

I'd like to take her out some place.

You don't stand a chance.

She only likes real expensive places.

Then I'm fucked.


All the money I make I send back home.

My dad's ill.

He used to work construction before, and his lungs quit on him.

My dad also worked construction before.

Are you and Mary a couple, or what?

Something like that.

How'd you get that scar?

I was dropped as a baby.

Seriously? Seriously.

I've had it all my life and my parents refuse to tell me why.

So I think they dropped me.

And now they're too ashamed to tell me.

But I like it.

Me too.

I just meant that it suits you.

Get in line, all of you.

Where's David?

He's sick.

Is he dying?

I don't know.



Let him know... if he misses another class he doesn't have to come back.

Can I dance now?


Mzia tells me...

You and the new boy have been rehearsing in the mornings.

He's very gifted, don't you think?

Look at me when I'm talking to you.

I guess.

You're smart.

Trying to learn from someone better than you.

Good, then.

I want you two to do the Kint duet. Irakli, come stand here.


Sir, what about me?

That's my only duet in the whole show.

Go ask David.

Alright, but, why am I being punished...

Did I say you can talk?


Then step back.

I'm stepping back.

Let's go!

Your hand, this hand... needs to...

Quiet down.


Beso has selected the dancers he wants to see audition.

After consulting with me of course.





Be quiet.





and Merab.

We still have one hour of rehearsals left.

From the top.

Hurry up.



What happened?

How'd it go, Merab?!

This is how he looked.

What about you?

Check out the tourists.

They can't even dance.

What are they looking at?

Let's show them.

Come on...

Get up!

Ok! Let's do, go!

Thank you.

This bread is to die for.

Get up, let's go.


Stand up.

Where are we going?

To the park.

What do you want with the park?

Where did you get that?

Ninutza gave it to me.


And what? Sopo is doing it too.


Does Sopo have a guy?

What does it matter?

Why not?

Come on, listen.

The first time should be special.

Not just anywhere, in some park.

Fine. Whatever you say.

Come on, eat.

I'm fine.

Poor you.

Sopo, should we take you home?

Yes, yes.

We're going tomorrow, right?

Yes, for sure.

Come here.

Which way?

Toward Sevastopol street.

Oh, we're going the same way then.

This used to be an Armenian cemetery before.



Oh shit.


I forgot something!


Hurry up!

Wake up, grandma.

Sweet boy.


Who is this handsome boy?

His name is Merab, grandma.

Your name's Merab?

He's my friend.

You're a good boy.

He dances too?


He's a great dancer.

Look at you.

I'll have some confiture later.

But you can put one fig here.

Givi. Givi.

Merab. Merab.

Why haven't you introduced us before?

We didn't know each other before, grandma.



If I keep saying your name, I won't forget it.


Where were you boys all night?

Out drinking.

We got wasted and then we came home.

It's not good for your health, child.

It was just this one time.

Come on, we're not kids anymore.

Dear, who is this boy?

I don't recognize him.

Merab, granny, Merab!

You into football?

Yeah, I'm really into it.

That's Messi, I like him a lot.

Yeah, I know that's Messi.

But I don't know anyone else in football.

You have to fix these, don't you know?

I use it when I dance at weddings.

Wait! What? You dance at weddings?

I do.

So what? What's wrong with that?

It pays good.

Try it.

No, I'm good.

Come on, try it on.

No, I'm ok.

I beg you. Just try it.

Oh look at little Aliko!


You know when Aliko gets mad... like this, back and forth.

And then he always starts screaming.

He's super neurotic.

"Do the Adjaruli".

He's actually very entertaining.

This is perfect for Georgian dance.

Do you want it?

Yeah, why not.

It's ancestral, you know.

Also, you know only one of us will be selected to the ensemble.

So you don't need to bother. Hm.

What "Hm"?

They'll choose me for sure.

If you say so the spot is all yours.

Why not though?

Well, why not...

I guess... you're up against me so...

Seriously though, if you have time, let's rehearse.

Yeah, for sure. In the morning.

Of course in the morning. When else?

For sure.

Let's do it.

Man, last night was amazing, right?

I danced so much, like a crazy person.

I had a great time.

It's just that I'm super tired and all... and I can't wait to lay down and crash.

Yeah, I'm really tired too...

Ok, I'll go then.

Ok. See you tomorrow at Mary's place.



He takes after his grandfather.

No, he takes after his mother.

Leave the boy be... let him eat.

He needs his energy now, for the audition.

I'm off!

Careful so you don't stain your shirt.

Oh grandma, you're truly so beautiful.

And you've truly lost it... from all your practicing.

I need those for the eggplants.

Thank you for being such an amazing grandma.

And thank you to you too!

For being the best grandchild!

Even though you're acting crazy.

I can't believe it!


This is the one they always play in the Matrushka bus!

Come on! Sing a long!

My darling...

My angel...

The most beautiful...

My daughter.

I would like to toast for Mary.

Together with all of you.

Cheers Mary!

This one is for you Mary!

And to youth!

Cheers to you Mary!

Thank you!

What's the latest on the Russians?

What's happening? They're moving the border bit by bit every night.

That's what's happening.

Mary's family is pretty well off, huh?

They used to be... pretty loaded.

They still like to show off though.

Keep this to yourself though. Of course.

I'll sleep on the matress on the floor.

You'll freeze to death!

Get over here.


You guys don't need anything?

Are you guys that sleepy?

Your hands are cold.

Yeah, I'm a little cold...

Look at them.

Let's go get some sleep too.

We're going.

Sweet dreams.

Don't freeze. Ok.

See you tomorrow Merab!


What's wrong?


What's wrong?

Nothing, just tired.

Mary, is that you?

Get in here.


Did I give you permission to take the car and see that idiot father of yours?

Did I?

Calm down! I'll be right up!

My god! Did I tell you about Zaza?


No, no.

Did I tell you the latest?

He escaped from the monastery, did you know?

Listen... the priest who was supposed to fix him... began taking advantage of him instead.


Like, he had sex with him.

Then Zaza managed to escape from there.

But he couldn't return home, of course.

So now he stands by the circus.

The circus?

Selling himself.

Hey, granny!

What's the matter with you? Have you lost it?

Quit fooling around!

I have to prepare breakfast.

What do you want?

I'm not hungry, granny!

Dear god, what's the matter with you?

Have you gone mad?

Dear lord...

Dear lord.

Come here!

Lay off me!

Get out of here!

Get out!

Get the fuck out!

Out, I said!

In this ensemble... there is no place for criminals!

Is that understood?!

Get ready! Now!

I'm going to kill him!

What have you done?!

Nothing. They can't prove shit.

Where'd you get money for the electricity?!

What do you want?!

I helped some friends out.

Some friends?!

Are you deaf?!

Use your head!

He never wanted us in the ensemble to begin with.

He hates mom and he hates dad.

Don't you get it?!

Wake up!

He's such a fucking asshole!

Can you get me in at the restaurant?

Come on, man...

Come by this evening...

You're the best.

Text message to Irakli: Hey, where were you today?

What did they say?

He said you can work on trial for five days.

Five days? Come on?

I can't do anything! Take it or leave it.

Text message: You have no remaining balance on your phone.


Two without pommegranate, just as you asked for.


Pardon me.

Take my tables for thirty minutes?

I get the tips?

Fine, whatever.

Ok. Go.

I'll be back in thirty.

Speak to me in a normal tone.

You tell him!

What can I tell him?

What are you saying?

What happened?

I saw with my own eyes.

Him buying drugs outside.

Bull shit!

Take your brother and get out of here!

Is it true?

Don't touch me!

Don't touch you?!

This job is all we have! How could you?!


Get the fuck out of my face!

I told you!

Mr. Shalva!?

Call the police!

You're dead to me!

You're dead to me!

You're dead to me!

Get out of here!

Lay your hands off me!

You get out too!

Mr Shalva, I really need this job, please.


You know this job is really important for me. Leave!

Get the fuck out! Go fuck yourself!

Excuse me!

Excuse me. You don't happen to have 1 lari?

No brother! What lari?!

Excuse me. Do you have 1 lari? I really need to re-charge my phone.

It's an emergency.

Let me check.

Here you go.

Thank you so much!

Text message to Irakli: Hey! Where are you?!



Can I bum a cigarette?

Thank you.

The boy from the bus?

You been crying?


Never mind!

So what's happening?

Nothing special, just waiting for some friends.

Fuck em, they're always late. Let's go.

Let's go!


Come on!

Listen, this is my best friends bar.

Nia, I always hang out there.

You're gonna have the best time! I'm always here.

Where the hell is this taxi?! I'm cold!

Is it coming?

Hey! Taxi! Taxi!

Hey! Look at those fucking freaks.

We missed the exit, but it's ok.

I need to get us some money. I'll get it from Nata!

Get out, get out!


Who's this faggot?


You fucking whore!

Where you heading, cunt?

To Bassiani!

So what's up?

Stop pretending. Give me my money now.

What money, girl? I don't have any on me now.

Right, but when I warn you of the police, you sing a different tune.

Bitch! Hand it over!

Lika, sister, get over here one minute.

Spot me 40 lari.

I don't have anything.

Plus you owe me from the shaver you broke doing your pussy.

You got dick in your mouth all day and you still broke?

Shut the fuck up and give me what you got!

Who's this boy?

Hello. This is Merab.

Hello, I'm Likuna.

Pleased to meet you.

Girl, listen, I got...

Give me that!


Excuse me.



Is Irakli home?

No, he's not.

Who's asking?

I'm a friend of Irakli's.

Where is he?

He's In Batumi. Something's the matter?

No... nothing's the matter...

When will he be back?

How should I know.

I'm just their neighbour... helping out the old lady.



Stop, boy.

Merab, stop. Enough.

Stop. Enough.


Enough boy!

You're too heavy!

Did you drink water?

That's not the only thing he's been drinking.

Am I talking to you?

Sorry, master.

You know you can't drink water before practice.

Show me a spin.




That's enough.


Merab, stop it.

It's enough!


It hurts so bad!

Keep it still!

Where does it hurt the most?!


The ankle!

It'll be alright.

Keep it like this. Cold water is good for it.

Don't move for 2 seconds.

Don't move.

Don't take it out!

Don't do that!



Can you hear me?


Hey man, sorry I haven't called you.

I had no credit on the phone.

I'm in Batumi. My father's very sick.

Will you be here for the auditions?

I don't know...

Merab, can you hear me?

Yes, yes...

Can you hear me?!

Thank you for helping me.

I don't hurt anymore.

I'll be fine.

Are you sure about that?

Do you wanna go get milkshakes?

Are you insane?


No. I don't want any.

Have a good one.

This life is not for everyone.

And with regards to your family history...

You know...

Georgian dance is based on masculinity.

The Kintouri and the Adjarian routines were softer originally.

But we changed it, 50 years ago.

There is no room for weakness in Georgian dance.

Do you know when Irakli will be back?

I don't think he'll be back.

He will be back.

Very sorry about your foot... but we'll manage the rehearsals and the auditions without you.

I'll be fine.

I'll put some ice on it tonight. Keep practicing on my own.

Can I go now?

Are you still going to audition?!

Faggot! I saw you last night!

Wait for it...

Come over here!

Say that again, boy!

I said I saw you!

And what?!

And does your brother know your a faggot?!

Shut up!

You should tell him!

Get over here!


What's wrong with you?

Listen to me one second!

What places are you going to?

I can't believe you'd be so stupid.

Don't you know what happened to Zaza?!


Why don't you get it? They could kill you!

I'm not like Zaza!

Leave me the fuck alone!


What the fuck now?

Your idiot brother is getting married.


Great, pretend I'm not here.

He got some girl pregnant.

Who, boy?

What was her name?

Her name's Sopo! I already told you.

You fucking idiot!

How are we going to afford a wedding?

I don't know. He claims her family has money.

The wedding's in two days.

Of course. They want to save the girl's honor.

What choice do they have?

Do you love this girl?

Yes, grandma, I love her a lot.

Where will the wedding be held?

We don't want it in a restaurant.

We want a small gathering.


We don't want a big wedding.

We're going to do a small party at Sopo's house.

Sopo's house?

Are they poor?

You just said they had money. Make up your mind!

They do! Her father owns... like a construction company!

I'm gonna get a job there later.

What are you doing?

What's wrong with your foot?

Why are you talking to me?

I heard the girl is Armenian.


Who told you?


Jesus Christ, mom.

What? It could be true.

Who cares if it is?

When did you get back?

Like now...

Sorry I just dissapeared like that...

What the fuck?

From Adam and Eve's times... the Lord identified Adam as a man... and Eve as a woman.

From then on, a man is a man and a woman is a woman.

But in these times of "globalisation”, as they call it...

My darling boy.

Sorry. I'll call you back in two minutes.


It was just my mom.

When did you come back?

Like yesterday, sort of.

I ran into your brother on the street, so he invited me.

What? You don't want me here?

Should I?

Of course I want you here.


Someone could walk in. I don't want that.

You only came back for the auditions, right?


I'm not going to audition.


How come?

Because I'm leaving Tbilisi.

That's why.


Remember I had a girl in Batumi?



My father is dying, and my mother is all alone in Batumi.

It's a real bad situation.

I'm all she has, so I got engaged.



I'll get going then.


I found your earring.

I meant to give it to you.

I don't need it anymore.




I'm so sorry!

Please forgive me.

I didn't understand.

What happened to you?

I got into a fight.

First Luka came at me and then the rest of them.

Do you want ice?



Luka said you are a faggot.

I had to protect your honor.

So did I take a beating in vain?



You've always been better than me, Merab.

I don't care what dad said.

I'll just end up a drunk fat Georgian man, working for his father in law.

But I'm fine with that.

You need to get out of Georgia, Merab.

You got no future here.

Do you understand?


Get over here!


I wanna see what those old farts have to say.

They'll go ape-shit on you if they see you.

I don't care. I'm done with this place anyway.

An English cigarette perhaps?

Don't you ever run out?

You know...

I ran out ages ago... so I put Georgian cigarettes in the package.

Are you kidding me?


It's like placebo. It works.

I'll go inside.

Meet me here after?

I'll be waiting for you, right here.


I'll go inside now.

What the hell is this?!

I'm not sure.

He's making a mockery of Georgian dance.

Cut his hands off.