Owen Gleiberman
February 20, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Four Days in September

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Alan Arkin, Fernanda Torres, Fisher Stevens
director
Bruno Barreto
genre
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it an A-

Bruno Barreto’s very fine Brazilian docudrama Four Days in September is driven by a fantastic ambivalence. In 1969, a ragtag group of middle-class revolutionaries, incensed at the military crackdown on civil rights, kidnap the U.S. ambassador in Rio de Janeiro and demand, in exchange, the release of 15 political prisoners. In the largest sense, the terrorists are justified, but they’re also arrogant and myopic (at times, they rival the Symbionese Liberation Army for sheer hapless bravado). As the ambassador, Alan Arkin has a stoic elegance. A-

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