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Besieged (1998)
"L'assedio" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  21 May 1999 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Agostino
John C. Ojwang ...
Singer
Massimo De Rossi ...
Patient
Cyril Nri ...
Priest
Paul Osul ...
Piano Buyer
Veronica Lazar ...
Piano Buyer
Gian Franco Mazzoni ...
Piano Buyer (as Gianfranco Mazzoni)
Maria Mazetti Di Pietralata ...
Piano Buyer
Andrea Quercia ...
Child pianist at concert
Alexander Menis ...
Child at concert
Natalia Mignosa ...
Child at concert
Lorenzo Mollica ...
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Elena Perino ...
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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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$159,289 (USA) (21 May 1999)

Gross:

$2,032,621 (USA) (30 July 1999)
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References Chungking Express (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Maria Valencia
Written by P. Wemba, S. Mutela and C. Polloni
Performed by Papa Wemba
Courtesy of Cobalt S.a.r.l.
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A film about what love should be
18 August 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Take everything you ever knew about Hollywood and filmdom and flush it. Open you mind and your heart and, if you're lucky, "Besieged" will speak to you of love like no other. Make no mistake, this film is not about romance or sex or even closeness. It is about what love should be; pure, unsolicited, unencumbered giving. It is a sad testament to the shallowness of popular concepts of giving-to-get love that this film received lukewarm reviews, one star from Ebert, and a mere 6.5 by IMDB.com users. Sometimes the only way to love someone is to set them free.


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