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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 musician, Mr. Kinsky (David Thewlis). Shandurai works as a maid for Mr. Kinsky in exchange for room and board while she studies medicine at the local university. The two have almost nothing in common, yet she hopelessly enchants him. The depth of his devotion will challenge the delicate balance between desire and sacrifice, sentimentalism and need, as old and new worlds meet and meld in this daring and inventive story.


Thandie Newton
as Shandurai
David Thewlis
as Jason Kinsky
Cyril Nri
as Priest
Paul Osul
as Piano Buyer
Veronica Lazar
as Piano Buyer
Andrea Quercia
as Child Pianist
Alexander Menis
as Child at Concert
Natalia Mignosa
as Child at Concert
Lorenzo Mollica
as Child at Concert
Elena Perino
as Child at Concert
Fernando Trombetti
as Child at Concert
Veronica Visentin
as Child at Concert
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Audience Reviews for Besieged

  • Jul 24, 2009
    Besieged was an useless combination of political and romantic drama, wandering back and forth between the two leads that never really had reached each other. The movie had an interesting beginning with the imprisonment of Shandurai's husband, but the story gradually fell apart after that. There was no emotional force driving the events in the movie and there was never any satisfying realization of Shandurai's sadness. It was fine performance by Thandie Newton in the lead, but Bertolucci's lack to balance out the two halves of the story, stopped the characters from reaching their full potential, and so we could not seen a fascinating drama. Too bad.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2008
    Always marvelous to watch, Thandie Newton is the main attraction, but there are plenty of other beauties in Bertollucci's delicate portrait of a woman estranged from her culture.
    Rhady N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2007
    Found the pacing to be a bit too languid.
    Steve K Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2007
    A graceful, visually exquisite piece that (on a second watch) works for me despite its flaws. The languid nature of the narrative is obviously a detractor as far as audience connection goes, but it works to establish an enigmatic presence for both of the main characters. The story has a poetic sensibility that allows us to discard some of our expectations as to what the movie is going to deliver. David Thewlis is brilliant, as always, and Thandie Newton is very strong too. That's saying a lot, since the actors have very little dialogue to establish their performances with. Watch it once, think about it, and then watch it again.
    Mike T Super Reviewer

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