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Bernardo Bertolucci, 2012

Artificial Eye

We need to talk about Lorenzo. Here’s a 14-year-old who despises his mum, sees a shrink and bunks off the school ski trip to hide in a cellar all week. Then sordid adulthood intrudes in the shape of druggy 20-something half-sister Olivia.

Bertolucci’s return to directing after a 10-year gap has yielded an intimate, necessarily claustrophobic piece. But relationships – notably Lorenzo’s conspiratorial rapport with his dying grandmother – are left insufficiently explored.

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