The Imperialists Are Still Alive!
The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2011)

A successful visual artist working in post-9/11 Manhattan, Asya (Elodie Bouchez) lives the life of the hip and glamorous, replete with exclusive art parties, supermodels, and stretch limousines while she carefully follows the situation in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 15, 2011
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Koehler
Variety

Nothing is resolved in the film, but Bouchez and De Tavira are exceptionally paired, and attuned to Durra's easygoing intellectual eros shorn of dramatics.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A multicultural vision of urbanity coalesces that is very different from that of a typical movie of impoverished immigrants trying to assimilate in an outer borough.

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Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press

But for all it's faults in title, plotting and editing, The Imperialists Are Still Alive! contains the promise of a distinct female voice in independent cinema.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

The Imperialists Are Still Alive! is an admirable film in many ways as its young writer-director, Zeina Durra, explores a subculture right before our eyes that remains mostly unseen.

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Alison Willmore
AV Club

The film is ultimately more interesting than engaging; Durra doesn't yet have a grasp of the simultaneous warmth and needle-sharp satirical sense that infuse Stillman's films.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

With The Imperialists Are Still Alive!, writer-director Zeina Durra has made a quirkily appealing film which intriguingly manages to feel both slight and authentically weighty at the same time.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Too concerned with being cool to work up much in the way of political outrage, much less narrative drive.

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Karina Longworth
Village Voice

Occasionally, Durra loses her nerve and spells out her intentions, but she's at her best when both her commentary and her comedy are nearly imperceptible.

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Neil Miller
Film School Rejects

If it accomplishes one thing, it is that Durra shows herself to be an exciting young director. She has a sense of style and a sense of character. And her film has a lot of character because of it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Byron Brubaker
Another art film I was able to see at the Cleveland Institute of Art's Cinematheque. I knew nothing about it beforehand besides the blurb printed in the… More

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