Partner (1968)



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Bernardo Bertolucci was obviously influenced by the films of Jean-Luc Godard and the worldwide political upheavals of 1968 while assembling his feature-film Partner. This unorthodox adaptation of Dostoevsky's The Double studiously avoids traditional linear storytelling and exposition techniques. Pierre Clementi stars as a repressed young student who concocts a radical alter ego for himself. As the student's two faces argue polemics, Bertolucci uses the opportunity to take freewheeling critical potshots at all forms of political ideology. Not all of Partner makes sense, but the film will command the viewer's interest from beginning to end.


Critic Reviews for Partner

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Aggressively 'new wave.'

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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The specific meaning of many of the scenes is obscure, but the total effect is that of youthful explosion of movie talent.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Bernardo Bertolucci's third and seldom-shown feature is very much a reflection of its period -- 1968 -- but no less fascinating for that.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A maddening film; lashings of talent.

Jul 14, 2018 | Full Review…

More than just a storytelling stunt, it's a fraught, revealing portrait of a brand-crazed and emotionally arrested society.

Jul 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Partner's unchained energy and its willingness to raise questions and even provide some answers still make for compelling viewing.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Partner

An inspiration for Fight Club, for sure, Bertolucci's film is, undoubtedly, an art film. The narrative is almost non-existent, and the plot is thin. It follows little logic and seems a compilation of visualized ideas. Of course, there's nothing wrong with this, but it's important to know that you aren't getting the dramatic punch you might from the director's other films. Seems more of a Godard picture than Bertolucci's later works. Still recommended. Photobucket

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