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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Michael Pitt
Louis Garrel
Eva Green
Robin Renucci
Anna Chancellor.
Directors
Bernardo Bertolucci.
Screenwriters
Gilbert Adair.
Running Time
115 minutes

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The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's controversial film.


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Plot
Paris, 1968. Matthew, an American film buff studying in Paris, is picked up by similarly moviephilic French twins Isabelle and Theo. He spends the summer in their family apartment, drawn deep into their bizarre relationship even as student riots break out on the streets.


Review
Bernardo Bertolucci and British screenwriter Gilbert Adair (on whose novel, The Holy Innocents, this film is based) present a united front in their devotion to French eccentricity, the radical milieu of soixante-huite and talking about movies. The Paris unrest of 1968 was triggered by the dismissal of Henri Langlois, head of the Cinématheque Française, and it's at a rowdy demonstration against this that pre-Raphaelite Michael Pitt is drawn to sophisticated, gamine Eva Green and brooding Louis Garrel.

Tiny clips from significant movies and heated debates about the merits of Charlie Chaplin vs. Buster Keaton (or Eric Clapton vs. Jimi Hendrix) are the touchstones of this eternal triangle movie, which is at its best when simply evoking things that its creators and its characters love the most. Note the moment when the trio's run through the Louvre is intercut with the same scene in Godard's Bande á Part.

It seesaws between disturbing psychosis and freewheeling nouvelle vague romance, then turns awkwardly editorial in the last reel (2That's fascism in a bottle," says Matthew (Pitt) as Theo (Garrel) whips up a Molotov cocktail), and signs off in hackneyed fashion with Edith Piaf ne regretting rien.


Verdict
Fans of film and gorgeous naked people of either sex will find much here to interest them. But it also has moments that make you want to throw stones.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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I watched this recently, as a fan of New Wave I found it painful. Seriously, references to Godard, Truffaut and even Chaplin for that matter do not elevate a film like this to the level of art. It was tedious. Possibly LERS. Oh look, Eva Green's naked...yay a Bande a part reference. Hang on a minute, that looks familiar... I do believe it's a Godard shot. Oh there she is again, naked. A Marlene Dietrich reference, wahey, hang on. What's that Michael Pitt's naked too, now (doesn't he sou... More

Posted by hiptobesquare_x at 23:14, 04 March 2010 | Report This Post


tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0309987/]The Dreamersatthew (Michael Pitt) is a cinephile American student who`s a year in Paris for his studie. At La Cinémathèque Française he meest Isabelle and Theo, two French students loving films as much as he does himself. Soon they become good friends and Matthew is invited to spend the night at their house, the beginning of the relation ship that goes beyond just being friends... Bertolucci gives us a beautiful film in wich the medium films ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 21:53, 27 October 2009 | Report This Post


Brilliant. Original and dark.

A compelling erotic thriller. One of the best thrillers I have ever seen. Darkly brilliant. A deep analysis about the feelings of the young in the spring of '68. A bizarre 'love' triangle. Daring, original and well-drafted. Pitt, Green and Garrel give amazing performances. You don't have to look at the film like: 'Oh, Eva Green is naked in this film! or 'I am just going to see this movie 'cause there's sex and nudity. No, you have to see it like, I said before: 'A deep analysis about the feelin... More

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Posted by nc_jj at 03:08, 04 July 2008 | Report This Post


As a film, fucking dire, as a porno, fucking ace! ... More

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Posted by CameronJames at 18:51, 29 March 2008 | Report This Post


after watching it last nite i would give 5 out of 5 just for the fact that eva green looks great naked would dock points for the fact i caught a glimpse of that weird looking pitts penis ... More

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Posted by alimac at 15:34, 04 September 2007 | Report This Post


Compelling, daring film. Beautifully captures the spirit of the 60's... and Eva Green isn't bad to look at. Man, what a find she was! ... More

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Watched some of this last night didn't see any point in it apart from her being in the buff for most of it. ... More

Posted by liviclyde at 14:56, 12 January 2007 | Report This Post


brilliant eva green is so fit ... More

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