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Besieged (L'assedio) (1998)

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Thandie Newton Thandie Newton
David Thewlis David Thewlis
Jason Kinsky
John C. Ojwang John C. Ojwang
Massimo De Rossi Massimo De Rossi
Cyril Nri Cyril Nri
Paul Osul Paul Osul
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Veronica Lazar Veronica Lazar
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Clare Peploe Clare Peploe
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An average movie

6 years, 10 months ago at Mar 20 12:44
Even though we don't hear much from him lately, Bernardo Bertolucci used to be one of the most highly regarded directors in the world and I try to watch his movies whenever I get the opportunity. Unfortunately, this movie turned out to be probably the least satisfying one he has made that I have seen so far. I mean, it was not really bad, the directing was actually pretty good and the 2 actors (Th... read more
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When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in one room of his Roman palazzo. He besieges her with flowers, gifts, and music, declaring passionately that he loves her, would go to Africa with her, would do anything for her. "What do you know of Africa?," she asks, then, in anguish, shouts, "Get my husband out of jail!" The rest of the film plays out the implications of this scene and leaves Shandurai with a choice.
Release date: 21 May 1999
UPC: 794043485923
Tags: 1998 (3), 1990s (2), Great Britain (2), Colour (2), Drama (2), Romance (2), Italy (2), Italian Cinema (1), HQ (1), Spiritual Cinema (1), Wanted (1), 06 (1), Sort (1), *saipal (1), SnP (1), Cross-Cultural (1), Talkies (1), 90's (1)
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