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Simple Story

Simple Story

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Every year, at the height of summer, the remote Argentinian village of Laborde holds the prestigious national Malambo contest. Little known outside the Argentinian pampas, the Malambo is a centuries-old gaucho dance, governed by the most rigid rules and shatteringly demanding. It is the object of obsession for thousands of young working-class men who sacrifice their spare time, their bodies and what little money they have to try to win the title of Malambo Champion. And all this, knowning that winning the contest also means losing: a Malambo Champion may never compete again. In 2011, Leila Guerriero travelled to Laborde for what was supposed to be a brief investigation into this intriguing contest. But on the second night, one dancer's towering performance takes her breath away - he doesn't win, but Guerriero spends the next year following his preparations for the 2012 festival.