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The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2010 (USA)
Juggling the sudden abduction of her childhood sweetheart as well as a blooming love affair, a French Manhattanite makes her way as an artist in an indifferent, sometimes hostile world.

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Zeina Durra

Writer:

Zeina Durra
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Cast

Credited cast:
Élodie Bouchez ... Asya
José María de Tavira ... Javier
Karim Saleh ... Karim
Karolina Muller ... Tatiana
Marianna Kulukundis ... Athena
Rita Ackerman Rita Ackerman ... Libby
Pierluca Arancio ... Marco
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahd ... Iraqi woman (as Ahd Kamel)
Sumy Ahn Sumy Ahn ... Sun-Tae (as Sumy Ahn Lee)
Victoria Aitken Victoria Aitken ... Lady in Bathroom
Ted Arcidi ... Don
Neville Aurelius Neville Aurelius ... Bartender
Sophie Auster ... Savina
Sebastian Beacon ... Eurotrash Boy
Judson Blane ... Maribelle's Boyfriend
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Storyline

Asya is a conceptual artist living in Manhattan, active in ex-patriot Middle Eastern politics and fearful of arrest for pro-Palestinian sympathies. Israel is shelling Beirut, her brother is there seeking escape. She meets Javier, from Mexico. They go to nightclubs, embrace in hallways, and begin a relationship. One of Asya's friends, who is to be married, believes her fiancé has been kidnapped - a rendition. Others are careful what they say in public. Aysa's mother organizes pro-Arab activities. A cab driver tells Asya to drop Javier and be with him. She receives word from Beirut. Can a person pursue art and a relationship while the imperialists are still alive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imperialisci sa wsród nas! See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,832, 17 April 2011

Gross USA:

$5,874

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,874
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Production Co:

Hi, Jack Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not At All Compelling
26 August 2012 | by PottHedSee all my reviews

Oh my god, I truly hope this thing was not paid for by tax payers, namely the National Endowment for the Arts.

When independent filmmakers go out of there way to make a non-Hollywood movie, they wind up making a disaster. This is a disaster.

I saw this mess on the Sundance channel presented by Robert Redford. Apparently, old man Redford thought this movie was good enough to present himself. Poor misbegotten soul.

They describe this movie as a: "Manhattan artist Asya (Elodie Bouchez) suspects that her friend has been abducted by the CIA in this compelling drama detailing the effects of the war on terror on the lives of average Americans. Meanwhile, her new beau dismisses her fears as paranoia."

Not at all. There is no compelling drama, No war on terror, No CIA, No abduction. The only paranoia I can see in this movie is the investors who paid for it. This movie has the same importance as the controversial "Piss Christ." No merit of art can be seen anywhere in this movie.

Characters meander around for 90 minutes doing absolutely nothing to involve the audience. You will not care what happens to the characters. Because the director gives the audience nothing to care about. An ingrown toe nail is more compelling than this.

I will recommend this movie only so you can see why movies like these should never see the silver screen.


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