The father’s actions influence the son’s – and, dare I say it, vice versa. In the hands of other directors, this might have dissolved into a Brechtian wank, an eat-your-vegetables dissolution of narrative suspense and viewer interest, but Bertolucci manages to make the story more involving through his formal play. The film takes on a dream logic that pulls us in further. It helps, also, that the movie is visually ravishing.
November 22, 2017