The Sheltering Sky (1990)

Shelteringsky2By Scott Goldfine

Academy Award winner Bernardo Bertolucci (“The Last Emperor”) directs this drama about a disenchanted couple (John Malkovich and Debra Winger) who travel through North Africa during the 1940s. This two-and-a-half hour film espouses the necessity to savor life’s fleeting moments.

It’s a valid message, but the this dull, repugnant movie has little going for it aside from some sumptuous photography. Also stars Campbell Scott. Rated R.

GRADE: D+

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