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Aro Favourite Carlos


aka: Carlos the Jackal
France 2010, 158 / 330 minutes
Dir. Olivier Assayas
In French, German, Spanish with English subtitles
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama, Suspense/Crime / Hostages & Terrorism, Euro-Crime

Topics: Biopic, Period 1970s, Period 1980s.


Aroview: An explosive, globe-trotting biopic of Venezuelan terrorist and fugitive Ilich Ramírez Sánchez – aka Carlos the Jackal – whose exploits in the 70s and 80s thrust him onto the front pages of world news as a poster boy for left-wing radicalism.

Propelled by the jet-setting, rockstar lifestyle that Carlos led when he wasn’t masterminding brazen attacks for the liberation of Palestine, this is easily the most energetic and enthralling of the recent crop of thrillers valorising the deeds of revolutionary individuals. However, unlike THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX (which follows a parallel timeline and in some instances, overlaps), dir. Assayas moves the action well beyond ideology and idealism, giving us a three-dimensional portrait of a man whose international notoriety largely belied his lack of progress and competency as a self-made extremist.

Though a hard-and-fast theatrical version is available, we recommend viewing the film in its original three-part miniseries form; if not for the complete picture, then for a hugely impressive example of long-form storytelling and character development, with Edgar Ramírez’s magnetic, multilingual central performance another highlight worth witnessing in full.

NZ International Film Festival 2010

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DVD Features

Available as either a condensed 158-minute 'Theatrical' version, or the full-length, three-part 487-minute version originally made for TV.

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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DVD (R4)
Part 1 Mini-Series
$4 Rent
DVD (R4)
Part 2 Mini-Series
$4 Rent
DVD (R4)
Part 3 Mini-Series
$4 Rent
DVD (R4)
Theatrical cut
$6 Rent
DVD (R4)
Full-length ~ 4-disc
DVD (R4)
The Movie
As New (out-of-print)

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