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Осажденные (1998)

L'assedio (original title)
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While in exile in Italy, an African woman finds herself trying to get back home and free her imprisoned husband. But the only man that can help her do so is in love with her.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thandie Newton ... Shandurai
David Thewlis ... Jason Kinsky
Claudio Santamaria ... Agostino
John C. Ojwang John C. Ojwang ... Singer
Massimo De Rossi Massimo De Rossi ... Patient
Cyril Nri Cyril Nri ... Priest
Paul Osul Paul Osul ... Piano Buyer
Veronica Lazar ... Piano Buyer
Gian Franco Mazzoni Gian Franco Mazzoni ... Piano Buyer (as Gianfranco Mazzoni)
Maria Mazetti Di Pietralata Maria Mazetti Di Pietralata ... Piano Buyer
Andrea Quercia Andrea Quercia ... Child pianist at concert
Alexander Menis Alexander Menis ... Child at concert
Natalia Mignosa Natalia Mignosa ... Child at concert
Lorenzo Mollica Lorenzo Mollica ... Child at concert
Elena Perino Elena Perino ... Child at concert
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Storyline

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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Touched by Genius. Cursed by Madness. Blinded by Love.

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Rated R for brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | UK

Language:

English | Italian | Swahili

Release Date:

5 February 1999 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,289, 23 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,032,621, 1 August 1999
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Fiction,Navert Film,Mediaset See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The African sequences were shot over a four-day period in Kenya. See more »


Soundtracks

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Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by John Coltrane
EMI Music Publishing Italia
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Generosity is beauty, beauty is generosity.
11 June 2000 | by CabritoSee all my reviews

Bertolucci's lush photography is mirrored by the velvety performances of the two co-stars. There's nothing fancy here. The lighting, camera angles, and other directorial touches support and do not supplant a simple story of two people whose generosity prompts them to take important actions independently. It is Thandie Newton's movie all the way (for that matter, so was "Flirting" almost ten years ago, and she is grown up now, yet with still that wistful, girlish smile). But David Thewlis is quirky enouhg to be believable. The fairy tale works. Bravo, Bernardo!


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