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The Dreamers (2003)

Cast: Michael Pitt, Eva Green, Louis Garrel, more...
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
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Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, France, British Drama, Coming of Age , UK, Erotica
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Veteran Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci directs the erotic drama The Dreamers, adapted from the novel The Holy Innocents: A Romance by Gilbert Adair. American student Matthew (Michael Pitt) is studying in Paris during the politically turbulent late '60s. The story begins in 1968 with the firing of Henri Langlois, the founder of the French Cinémathèque. At a protest demonstration, Matthew meets cinema-obsessed Isabelle (Eva Green) and her twin brother, Theo (Louis Garrel). When their Bohemian parents (Robin Renucci and Anna Chancellor) leave for the summer, the twins invite Matthew to live with them. While the revolution rages on outside, the three young people stay in the comfortable flat playing decadent sexual games. Bertolucci incorporates clips from classic films like Queen Christina, Band of Outsiders, and Breathless. After showing at several European film festivals, The Dreamers made its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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Movie by committee? by akeleven March 18, 2006 - 11:05 PM PST
The Dreamers doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up. Not quite allegory, or retrospective, or homage to old films. Pretention to sexuality but not going anywhere; just a 2 hour diversion.

It does get points for male nudity - the last bastion of censorship; but what's with Michael Pitt? Too shy to get real with Eva and Louis?

Unique by EvilSpike July 20, 2005 - 10:30 AM PDT
0 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This is a unique film. Just like the saying "Be careful what you wish for" this is "Be careful what you watch." It is a highly controversal film, but its unique even if the plot is somewhat simplistic and lame.

is this what has happend to movies? by thomasadam August 26, 2004 - 5:21 PM PDT
7 out of 12 members found this review helpful
sadly, this movie is a major dissapointment. You think: Bertolucci, Cinephelia, Paris 68, Sex,= Magic. But you are wrong. There are some pretty parts of this film. THe female lead is very attractive, and you see some rare up-close male frontal nudity. Also there is a very pretty scene where the girl's hair catches on fire.
Outside of that, the characters don't come of as very realistic, but rather kind of dumb and pretentious. I find it hard to imagine that people who could be so taken by such intellectual films and books would be so un-self conscious.
Watcing this movie was like reading a social history of the time in the worst way. It was like every character was just representaive of various politial and social trends and acted as mouthpieces for really obvious non-nuanced opinions.
If you want to see some Bertolucci see "the spider's strategem" "Before the Revolution" "last Tango in Paris" of "the last emperor" and maybe some day the evil people at paramount will put "the conformist" on DVD. WHen!!!!!

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