L istings and commentary for Week 2 of the American Film Institute Film Festival of Los Angeles, which runs through March 26:
"The Last Image" (Algeria, 1985, 3 p.m.). This period romance by Mohamed Lakhdar-Hamina has the warm, sentiment-laden feel of a quasi-autobiography. Yet, despite a lovingly evoked milieu (Algerian mountain villages during World War II), a colorful, well-realized gallery of characters, and an impressive command of classic narrative style by Lakhdar-Hamina (director of "Chronicle of the Burning Years"), it doesn't quite ignite poetically or emotionally; perhaps these memories are too intense, too wounding to portray fully. An admirable film that falls just short.
All AFI Film Festival of Los Angeles events will take place at the Los Feliz Theater, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are available at Ticketron, Teletron and at the box office one hour before show time. Information: (213) 520-2000 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.