Good queer love stories are few and far between, with most succumbing to stereotypes and tragic endings and other common movie sins. Occasionally, however, an LGBTQ+ film surfaces with enough momentum to hit the mainstream, and, even more rarely, that film strikes all the right notes. There are undoubtedly parallels to Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 film Call Me By Your Name; both tell coming-of-age coming-out stories in which two young men end up in a passionate, forbidden, and fleeting romance. Levan Akin’s rendition does it even better. And Then We Danced follows Merab, a Georgian dancer immediately taken with the newest arrival in his class, Irakli. Built with flawless pacing and agonizing tension, their relationship as dance competitors and friends slowly blossoms into something more. It’s innocent and confusing and exploratory, full of that boyish flirtation only international queer films seem to capture. The characters are all original (and utterly beautiful), allowing for instant emotional investment. Moments of song and dance provide stunning glimpses into modern Georgian life, capturing the incredible tradition and culture of the country, weaving in reminders that Georgia is still plagued with LGBTQ+ discrimination. And Then We Danced is thus part political rebellion, part masterpiece romance, and a true privilege to witness.