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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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Credited cast:
... Asya
... Javier
... Karim
... Tatiana
... Athena
Rita Ackerman ... Libby
... Marco
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Iraqi woman (as Ahd Kamel)
Sumy Ahn ... Sun-Tae (as Sumy Ahn Lee)
Victoria Aitken ... Lady in Bathroom
... Don
Neville Aurelius ... Bartender
... Savina
... Eurotrash Boy
... Maribelle's Boyfriend
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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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Also Known As:

Imperialisci sa wsród nas!  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,832, 17 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,832, 17 April 2011
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Not At All Compelling
26 August 2012 | by See 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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