Pascali's Island
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The year is 1908; after centuries of unchecked power, the Ottoman empire is rapidly crumbling. As a result, Turkey's secret agents--those that haven't already been eliminated by downsizing or death--operate in a vacuum, their superiors knowing little and caring less about their activities. One such spy is Ben Kingsley, a minor bureaucrat of no ambition. When ordered to help disreputable English citizens Charles Dance and Helen Mirren in the theft of a precious Greek artifact, Kingsley goes along without question. He is even prepared to follow orders and double-cross Dance the moment… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite an eye-catching but mannered central performance from Ben Kingsley, looms as too languid and remote to make much impact."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A literary adaptation that takes itself so seriously one longs for Gilligan and the Skipper."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Exotically Levantine."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The milieu may seem remote but the performances illuminate, and the story has an originality that compensates for the modest budget."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It is a mood piece, meditative, in which even the melodrama of the plot grows out of the flawed souls of the characters. Everything in a film like this depends on performance, and it is hard to imagine how it could have been better cast."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A literate, well-acted movie set in 1908 that conveys how difficult and disarming it is to live in a world where no one can be trusted."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Slow and stately, Pascali's Island never gets beneath its own superficial gentility."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Helen Mirren has always been good at playing sexy eccentrics. But it is Kingsley's performance, as the despairing victim of his own actions, that makes this island worth a visit."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
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