PARTNER (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1968)

Combining Marx and Freud, as was his wont in his early days, writer-director Bernardo Bertolucci, along with co-scenarist Gianni Amico, used Dostoievski’s 1846, pre-imprisonment novella The Double: A Petersburg Poem, which they moved to Italy and updated to the pro-Vietcong student-protest present, as a springboard for Il sosia, a dark, often opaque and arty, although […]

ENOUGH! (Djamila Sahraoui, 2006)

An exceptionally fine, leisurely, low-keyed, sensitive and highly intelligent film from Algeria and France, and one that effortlessly surpasses Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart the year after, Barakat!, the first fictional feature by documentarian Djamila Sahraoui, revolves around a woman’s search for her journalist husband whom fundamentalist militants abduct during the 1990s, when civil war […]