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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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(screenplay), (based on the novel)
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Cast

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Robin Renucci ...
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
Himself
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Himself (as Jean-Paul Leaud)
Florian Cadiou ...
Patrick
Pierre Hancisse ...
First Buff
Valentin Merlet ...
Second Buff
Lola Peploe ...
The Usherette
Ingy Fillion ...
Theo's Girlfriend
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Innocents  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€1,321,662 (Italy), 12 October 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$142,632, 8 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,531,462, 6 June 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,082,883, 1 August 2004
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(archive footage)|

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The word "events" is misspelled in the sentence stating "The wevents, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious." See more »

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Features Top Hat (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Ferdinand
(1965)
taken from the OST "Pierrot le fou"
Written by Antoine Duhamel
(c) 1965, 1990 Editions Sidomusic
(p) 1965 Sidomusic-Hortensia
Courtesy of Universal Music Jazz France & Universal Music Special Projects France
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Acting straight?
9 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Asked to explain the almost total absence of the homoerotic element of his novel, screenwriter Gilbert Adair has cited the need for the three main actors, who are heterosexual, to feel 'comfortable' in their roles.

One thinks back to the generations of gay lead actors and actresses who managed to convince audiences of their attraction to co-stars for whom they can have felt nothing. This particular skill is known as ACTING - a skill apparently not expected of the pampered little darlings here.

Not that they looked particularly comfortable, anyway, in their protracted cavortings. Perhaps, given the illustrious name of their director, they expected to find themselves in something more reputable than the slice of kinky soft-core porn on display here.


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