The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2010)

Zeina Durra directs Élodie Bouchez, José María de Tavira and Karim Saleh in this New York indie where a conceptual artist believes her Middle Eastern friend has been renditioned while she begins an affair with a Mexican stockbroker.

Strong on atmosphere and with some nice sequences where we see the immigrants of New York interact away from the naturalised ‘Americans’. Has the feel of a secret world being interrupted but equally there’s a certain degree of very wealthy people using poor people from the same ethnic background to validate their own ‘authenticity’. Outstays its welcome as a narrative long before the finish line but I enjoyed some of what Durra captures in passing.


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