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

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.

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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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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Eric Kohn

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.

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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.

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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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.

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: 71% 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