Bernardo Bertolucci's place in film history is secure, which makes this limp return after nine years away all the more disappointing.
A boy andhis half-sister retreat to their mother’s building’s basement to be in an art-house movie together, and we’re granted the empty story of her kicking smack and him reconciling himself to the world.
Bertolucci’s a master, so he shoots the limited locations with total professionalism and goads great performances from his leads.
But it feels inessential: when oneof cinema’s giants can only draw a “So what?”, something’s gone wrong.
Extras run only to an admittedly thorough doc and trailer.