The Dreamers


(out of 5)

Coming-of-age sexuality is dealt with in this enjoyable return to form for Bernardo Bertolucci, resembling the fresh nihilism of his earlier work including Before The Revolution, The Conformist and Last Tango In Paris. It’s 1968 in Paris, and while anxious youths riot in the streets, American student finds himself feeding his obsession with cinema at the Cinematheque Francaise. While there he meets an equally cineastic pair of twin siblings (, ) who invite him to stay at their home while their parents are away on holiday. The three of them form a tight bond, with Pitt threatening to come between an incredibly close, practically incestuous relationship between the brother and sister that at first repels him and later ties him to them. The film has received much controversy for its (supposedly) shocking images (it says something about North American culture that the male frontal nudity gets more press than virginal bleeding), but the sexually explicit content is so rebelliously kinky it’s practically delightful. Unfortunately, this deliciously perverse story doesn’t sustain its energy throughout, and once the story starts to focus on the kids’ sexual antics it loses hold of their charming personalities. The performances are terrific, particularly Garrel as the most vocal but least stable member of the trio, and the period is recreated with New Wave-inspired authenticity.

France/United Kingdom/Italy2003

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on his novel

Cinematography by

Produced by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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European Film Award Nominations
Audience Award-Best European Actress (Eva Green)
Audience Award-Best European Director (Bernardo Bertolucci)

Goya Award Nomination
Best European Film



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