Jahangir’s friends gather to surprise him with a birthday party. The news that Jahangir is incurably ill soon casts a chill on the atmosphere, which is already uncomfortable – as is often the case when old acquaintances meet for the first time in a long time. And yet, Dance With Me isn’t just a sad film about death, it’s also a surprisingly warm celebration of life, offering new perspectives on interpersonal relationships.
This is a solid debut film from the Iranian director Soroush Sehat. She mixes realism with absurdity, using musical elements to represent the characters’ inner state of mind, which disrupts the film universe. In Dance With Me, dark themes are treated with ease and humour, making it an uplifting and heartwarming film experience.