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The Dreamers (2003)

NC-17 | | Drama, Romance | 20 February 2004 (USA)
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.

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Himself (as Jean-Paul Leaud)
Florian Cadiou ...
Patrick
Pierre Hancisse ...
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Lola Peploe ...
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Ingy Fillion ...
Theo's Girlfriend
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Paris, spring 1968. While most students take the lead in the May 'revolution', a French poet's twin son Theo and daughter Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. As film buffs they meet and 'adopt' modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence. A sexual threesome shakes their rapport, yet only the outside reality will break it up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Bertolucci returns to politics & sex.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Innocents  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€1,321,662 (Italy) (12 October 2003)

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$2,531,462 (USA) (6 June 2004)
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To make the actors feel comfortable and natural in the film's nude scenes, the director Bernardo Bertolucci would encourage them to be nude long before the actual shot. Source: Director's commentary on DVD See more »

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After meeting Isabelle and Theo, and spending all night with them, Matthew gets back to his hotel room. In the meantime, it starts raining so the three of them cover themselves with Matthew's coat, but when he gets to his room and leaves the coat on the bed, it is perfectly dry. See more »

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[first lines]
Matthew: The first time I saw a movie at the cinématèque française I thought, "Only the French... only the French would house a cinema inside a palace."
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A Carbonneutral production through Future Forests. Indigenous trees have been planted to balance the carbon dioxide created through the production of this film. See more »

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References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

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El paso del Ebro
(1808)
Harmonised by Rodolfo Halffter
Published by Le Chant du Monde
Performed by Choeur et Orchestre
Directed by Rodolfo Halffter
Courtesy of Le Chant du Monde
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Ingenious film-making? are you kidding me?
18 June 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I want to comment on Mr. Roland's 'review' on this film that's pasted as a primary user comment on this site. What are you talking about, sir? Beautiful film making? Yes, Bertolucci has employed a few ingenious cinematography tricks, but the film is utterly pointless. Like someone who has too much to say (or too little), the message, the plot, the POINT of the entire film was lost, awash in masturbatory gestures (pardon the pun) of an aging, decaying, film maker. Mr. Roland, it is a shame that you sang such high praises to this motion picture, JUST BECAUSE the smörgåsbord of monumental scenes from classic masterpieces managed to pull a veil over your eyes, disguising the failure of this film as a piece of artwork, worthy of an audience's ATTENTION! wake up! As for me? that was '2-hour-period of my life that i would never get back'.


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