Besieged (1999)

Set in the contrasting climates of a politically-charged Africa and the tranquil confines of an enchanting Roman villa, Besieged is a smoldering love story that bridges the gap between two very different worlds. Thandie Newton stars as the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 21, 1999
DVD Release Date: December 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley

Bertolucci and co-writer Clare Peploe seem intent on deconstructing the story's interesting elements at every turn, substituting woolliness for clarity, atmospherics for real emotion and an often condescending, armchair-liberal naivete for real political

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

What an unexpected gift.

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Emanuel Levy

Made for Italian TV, this modestly scaled, intimate drama about the relationship between a British musician and his African housekeeper is well acted by Thandie Newton and David Thewlis.

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Time Out

It's a film about the limits of art, about civilization at this moment of flux, and about a gentle connection between a man and a woman.

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Daniel Mangin

Given Bertolucci's impish leanings, the self-referential sequences may merely be gags. If so, they're among a half-dozen others that backfire.

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Sandra Contreras
TV Guide

Maddening on many fronts and strangely wordless, Bernardo Bertolucci's purported love story breaks no new ground.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

This is a deeply engrossing, often exquisite film by someone who knows visuals. It's sensory, sensual, handmade.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A film that combines a stunning sensuality with a rigorous economy.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Bertolucci conjures magic once again.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Steve K
Found the pacing to be a bit too languid.
Mike T.
A graceful, visually exquisite piece that (on a second watch) works for me despite its flaws. The languid nature of the narrative is obviously a detractor as… More
Daisy Maduro
Besieged was an useless combination of political and romantic drama, wandering back and forth between the two leads that never really had reached each other.… More