The Dreamers (2003)
France / English
A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.
A romantic confession of a great filmmaker
Paris, May 1968. Revolution breaks out and the world seems to be in a
critical turning point, but inside the four walls of an apartment,
three youngsters experience their very own revolution.
Yes, it's true. In the year 2004, one of the best cinematic experiences
is offered by Bertolucci. Many are those who'd thought that he had
nothing more to give, but with THE DREAMERS, the creator is reborn and
next to his heroes he witnesses again the passage from adolescence and
innocence to the age of responsibilities. A great fan of cinema
himself, he doesn't hesitate to pay a number of tributes, just like
Godard used to do in the past and Tarantino very recently. As he puts
his view into the eyes of his protagonists, the girl and the boys seem
to live inside the movies they adore. They're playing with lines from
known films, they imitate characters, they put themselves into the
sequences they love.
Despite their young age, all three actors not only do they show that
they're worth of starring in a Bertolucci film, but they also go even
further giving in every scene the necessary vividness and realistic
tension. Ignoring the cosmogony taking place in the streets, they
surrender to their own cosmogonic changes, to the wild sexual
awakening, to the game between friendship and love, pleasure and pain.
Eventually they commit themselves to the struggle between the game
itself and real life. And that's where the heroes violently return in
the thrilling final sequences in order to face their duty towards
THE DREAMERS is by far one the best motion pictures of the year, so
daring but at the same time so energetic that seems able to touch
anyone as a pure and romantic confession of a great filmmaker.
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