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Set in the contrasting climates of a politically-charged Africa and the tranquil confines of an enchanting Roman villa, Besieged is a smoldering love story that bridges the gap between two very different worlds. Thandie Newton stars as the luminous Shandurai, a young African woman who has left her homeland, after having witnessed her husband's brutal abduction at the hands of an oppressive government. Disenchanted with her country, Shandurai surfaces in Rome at the home of an eccentric English
May 21, 1999 Limited
Dec 21, 1999
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Bertolucci and co-writer Clare Peploe seem intent on deconstructing the story's interesting elements at every turn, substituting woolliness for clarity, atmospherics for real emotion and an often condescending, armchair-liberal naivete for real political
It's a film about the limits of art, about civilization at this moment of flux, and about a gentle connection between a man and a woman.
This is a deeply engrossing, often exquisite film by someone who knows visuals. It's sensory, sensual, handmade.
Given Bertolucci's impish leanings, the self-referential sequences may merely be gags. If so, they're among a half-dozen others that backfire.
Made for Italian TV, this modestly scaled, intimate drama about the relationship between a British musician and his African housekeeper is well acted by Thandie Newton and David Thewlis.
Maddening on many fronts and strangely wordless, Bernardo Bertolucci's purported love story breaks no new ground.
Bertolucci conjures magic once again.
One of the most accessible films to come from Bertolucci and shows the filmmakers deep understanding of his craft.
Despite a vividly expressive performance by Newton, the lack of urgency equates to a lack of intimacy.
A thinking audience's romance.
An aesthetic treat for art film lovers. Everyone else should stay away.
A film full of hope, full of heart and full of simple rewards for the audience lucky enough to find it.
Bertolucci and co-writer Clare Peploe tell an intimate and painstaking tale that's complemented by exquisitely restrained acting.
Does this allusive, delicate story work? The answer is yes, provided you are sympathetic with what Bertolucci is trying to do.
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