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Bitter Balcony spends Three Days with The Jackal with Carlos!!!

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Ilich Ramírez Sánchez was at one time one of most feared men in the world. A young Venezuelan revolutionary turned professional mercenary, Ramirez Sanchez fought for a Marxist regime with terrorist tactics against the American and Zionist powers. While he doesn’t make as hip a t-shirt as his predecessor Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Ramirez Sanchez’s operations would strike a lure of his own. Known as “Carlos the Jackal,” the militant earned immortality as a heavy of Robert Ludlum’s “Bourne” series while his real life whereabouts remained a mystery to the Western Hemisphere for nearly 20 years. “Carlos” a three part mini-series, resides between the truth and fiction of the notorious soldier, and within the shroud finds the torn humanity of a man willing to become a monster for his soul-embedded convictions.

“Carlos” follows Ramirez Sanchez during his early years with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as he goes from foot solider to one of the organization’s ranking officers . The series also focuses on Carlos’ hijacking of the OPEC ministers, his most heralded mission and the ramifications that would led him to form his own net, as he forms alliances with Libyan head Muammar al-Gaddafi among others. Additionally, Carlos’ personal life as heavy drinking philanderer is featured, mostly during his marriage to one of his followers Magdalena Kopp (Nora von Waldstätten).

Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez (“Domino,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”) devotes himself to the role of Carlos, a superb performance that finds the actor displaying his penchant for pathos and his talents for language (the series is spoken in English, French, Spanish, German, and Arabic. Holy Rosetta Stone!). His Carlos is a man driven by his Communist stance, defiantly declaring war against Imperialism in the name of the oppressed. However, Carlos is equally motivated by his inflated ego, one that clashes with his superior Waddie Haddad (.Ahmad Kaabour). Ramirez brings earnestness to the extremist that earns understanding even as one might disagree or condemn his means.

French director Olivier Assayas of “Irma Vep” fame creates a journalistic detachment to “Carlos” while still being able to engage and intrigue us with such a polzaring subject. Assayas brings to life the urban battlefields of the 1970’s that took place in Eastern Europe and the Middle East with the precision of Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.” Assayas also makes a bold move of using punk and new wave tunes from acts like New Order and Wire to blend rage and youthful energy to Carlos’ anarchistic acts. “Carlos” is an impressive achievement for Assayas, who in our mind redeems himself from the awful “Demonlover.”

Ultimately, “Carlos” is a complex story with deep political and ideological ties. During its six hour run, “Carlos” never portrays its protagonist as a hero or a martyr. While Ramirez Sanchez claims to have fought for the unfortunates who suffer under the whim of the superpowers, never are his actions perceived as justified. However, there is a certain tragedy to Carlos, a man seen as both a terrorist and a freedom fighter. As the end of the Cold War reshaped alliances during the end of Carlos’ career, it is possible to say that this Marxist combatant, who disregarded the political agendas, ends up falling victim to his own obsolete cause.

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Credits:
Directed by: Olivier Assayas
Written by: Olivier Assayas, Dan Franck, Daniel Leconte
Cast: Édgar Ramírez, Nora von Waldstätten


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