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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Edgar Ramirez
Alexander Scheer
Nora Vonwaldstatten.
Directors
Olivier Assayas.
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Olivier Assayas
Dan Franck.
Running Time
165 minutes

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Carlos
The day(s) of the Jackal


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Plot
Based on the true story of Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, a Venezuelan revolutionary who set up his own terrorist organisation in the 70s.


Review
Carlos
[This review is of the abridged 165 minute cut of Carlos]

Another illustration of how TV is moving beyond cinema for great drama, Olivier Assayas’ superb French mini-series is available to watch in both its original form and in a shortened version. Sadly, its small screen origins mean Edgar Ramirez’s hypnotic performance in the title role of ’70s terrorist poster-boy Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos (The Jackal), is ineligible for the Best Actor Oscar. It’s testament to Assayas’ teleplay, though, that rather than tightening the story, the curtailed movie version feels like a detraction from the longer experience; too often there’s a feeling we’re being rushed through a much deeper, magnificently accomplished piece of storytelling. Both versions will be available on DVD on November 1.


Verdict
Ramirez's outstanding performance and Assayes' superb skill in storytelling make this a mini-series not to be missed.


Reviewed by Sam Toy

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Carlos

Director:r Assayas Screenwriters: nck, Olivier Assayas Starring: amirez, Alexander Scheer, Nora von Waldstätten, Ahmad Kaabour, Christoph Bach, Susanne Wuest, Anna Thalbach, Julia Hummer Synopsis This is the story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez aka Carlos the Jackal (Ramirez), who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. Review Two years ago, Cannes presented in their film festival Steven Soderbergh’s two-part bi... More

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