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Bernardo Bertolucci was obviously influenced by the films of Jean-Luc Godard and the worldwide political upheavals of 1968 while assembling his feature-film Partner. This unorthodox adaptation of Dostoevsky's The Double studiously avoids traditional linear storytelling and exposition techniques. Pierre Clementi stars as a repressed young student who concocts a radical alter ego for himself. As the student's two faces argue polemics, Bertolucci uses the opportunity to take freewheeling critical potshots at all forms of political ideology. Not all of Partner makes sense, but the film… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Aggressively 'new wave.'"
‑ , Time Out
"More than just a storytelling stunt, it's a fraught, revealing portrait of a brand-crazed and emotionally arrested society."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"The specific meaning of many of the scenes is obscure, but the total effect is that of youthful explosion of movie talent."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"Partner's unchained energy and its willingness to raise questions and even provide some answers still make for compelling viewing."
‑ , Film4
"Bernardo Bertolucci's third and seldom-shown feature is very much a reflection of its period -- 1968 -- but no less fascinating for that."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
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