As Michael Radford explains, improv relies on nailing the scene in the first take; once it becomes too polished, it loses its sense of realism. But I became so engrossed in the world of the Blue Iguana that I was actually disappointed when the film ended. But don't let that put you off. The slight raggedness that resulted simply made the film more convincing to me. But Jasmine realises the fledgling romance is doomed. Messages in a Bottle rrichr 21 September If you're partial to the documentary approach to feature films, Dancing at the Blue Iguana is one you'll want to grab, possibly from your video store's for-sale rack or any bargain bin that it has tumbled into. But Jasmine can't be happy because her triumph is simply more proof of her, apparently, terminal weakness and lack of belief in herself, as well as the hate of what that lack has made her. A number of questions are asked but not really answered, but life is that way at times. The female cast has been another target for critics - not because they're not superb actors, but because, in their late 30's to early 40s, Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Tilly and Sheila Kelley would be too old to work as strippers in LA where beautiful young women exist in a buyer's market. Many people seem to feel this process failed. But the real depth resides in Canadian actress Sandra Oh's Jasmine whose character, away from the pole, is a gifted poet in deep mourning for the dead end which her life, due to a lack of faith in her gift, is approaching. When she confronts the hooting, cash-brandishing, SRO crowd, she operates behind a calm, Apsara smile that might have floated off a wall frieze at Angkor Wat. Much of the criticism of "Blue Iguana" is based on the fact that it was made without a script. Jasmine leads a double life, stripping on the Blue Iguana stage and secretly writing poetry in the dressing room. The entire cast turns in solid performances that simultaneously reveal both the surface and hidden aspects of their characters but the story really zeroes in on the various dancers, all of whom are portrayed with great conviction by several very fine actresses who have really taken the plunge into their roles; Daryl Hannah's wasted, self-deluding Angel and Jennifer Tilly's freaked and superfreaky Jo to mention just two off the top.