The Imperialists Are Still Alive!
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The Imperialists Are Still Alive!
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 the Middle East on television. Asya learns that her childhood friend, Faisal, has disappeared-the victim of a purported CIA abduction. That same night, she meets Javier (Jose Maria de Tavira), a sexy Mexican PhD student, and romance blossoms. Javier finds Asya's conspiracy theories overly paranoid-but nothing in Asya's world is as it seems. Asya's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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."
‑ Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press
"The first-time director's refreshingly credible portrait of a boho character with Middle Eastern origins rectifies the aforementioned canonical gap in a witty, naturalistic generational snapshot."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"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."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Karina Longworth, Village Voice
"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."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A New York artist of Middle Eastern background tries to mesh resistance and romance in Zeina Durra's '70s-textured seriocomic debut."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Too concerned with being cool to work up much in the way of political outrage, much less narrative drive."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The filmmaker reserves her very gentle satire for the blithe, class-based assumptions of wealthy Middle Eastern expatriates and the macho traditions of their poorer fellow-émigrés."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
"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."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
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