Pascali's Island (1988)
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as Basil Pascali
as Anthony Bowles
as Lydia Neuman
as Herr Gesing
as Mrs. Marchant
as Izzet Effendi
as Dr. Hogan
as Mrs. Hogan
as Turkish Soldier
as Greek Rebel
as Turkish Officer
as Boy in Bath
Critic Reviews for Pascali's Island
Despite an eye-catching but mannered central performance from Ben Kingsley, looms as too languid and remote to make much impact.
The milieu may seem remote but the performances illuminate, and the story has an originality that compensates for the modest budget.
Slow and stately, Pascali's Island never gets beneath its own superficial gentility.
It is a mood piece, meditative, in which even the melodrama of the plot grows out of the flawed souls of the characters. Everything in a film like this depends on performance, and it is hard to imagine how it could have been better cast.
Helen Mirren has always been good at playing sexy eccentrics. But it is Kingsley's performance, as the despairing victim of his own actions, that makes this island worth a visit.
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