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The Dreamers (2003)

NC-17 | | Drama, Romance | 20 February 2004 (USA)
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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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Gilbert Adair (screenplay), Gilbert Adair (based on the novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Pitt ... Matthew
Eva Green ... Isabelle / Sister
Louis Garrel ... Theo / Brother
Anna Chancellor ... Mother
Robin Renucci ... Father
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Himself
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Himself (as Jean-Paul Leaud)
Florian Cadiou Florian Cadiou ... Patrick
Pierre Hancisse Pierre Hancisse ... First Buff
Valentin Merlet Valentin Merlet ... Second Buff
Lola Peploe Lola Peploe ... The Usherette
Ingy Fillion 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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From the Director of 'Last Tango in Paris' and 'Stealing Beauty' See more »

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Drama | Romance

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

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UK | France | Italy

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Innocents See more »

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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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Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Early in the film, Matthew hides a stolen photograph of Isabelle in his underpants to prevent his hosts from seeing him with it. Later, he loses a contest with Isabelle and is forced by her to strip and the photograph is still inexplicably in his underwear, even though several days have passed and he is wearing completely different clothes. 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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US R-rated version runs ca. 3 minutes shorter than the uncut NC-17-rated version. See more »

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References La Chinoise (1967) See more »

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Hey Joe
(1962)
Written by Billy Roberts
Performed by Michael Pitt and The Twins of Evil featuring Ben Coleman (Electric Violin)
Produced and Arranged by Nick Laird-Clowes
Engineered and Mixed by Stephen McLaughlin (as Steve MacLaughlin)
Published by Third Palm Music
(c) 1962, 1990 Third Palm Music
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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Potentially great, but...
7 May 2004 | by SheBearSee all my reviews

Beautiful Paris. Beautiful Eva Green. Beautiful Michael Pitt. Beautiful naked Eva Green and Michael Pitt. Sound promising? Unfortunately, the "reality" of The "Dreamers" is a letdown.

Against the backdrop of 1968 Parisian revolution, American student Matthew (Michael Pitt) meets French twins Isabelle (Eva Green) and Theo (Louis Garrel). The 3 share a passion for film and intellectual discussion and soon Matthew is staying with the twins in their parents' apartment. Insulated from the "reality" of the streets the twins "dream" away the days drinking wine, discussing film and playing mind games with each other and with Matthew.

The film in inter-cut with scenes from classic films such as Freaks and Breathless just to name a few. These scenes were fun and worked well. The best scene in the film is when the main characters recreate a dash through the Louvre from A Band Apart.

Interesting but perplexing is the sexual politics at play between the three. The intimate relationship between the twins is supposed to be shocking but is merely curious. An attraction between the boys goes nowhere and when Matthew and Isabelle get down and dirty on the kitchen floor it isn't really sexy at all.

This is very obviously a European film and I mean that in the worst possible way. The characters are lifeless, naive and arrogant. Only Matthew seems to recognize the pretension. He is meant to be the voice of reason and even though he seems a bit dense he comes off all wise and worldly in comparison to the twins.

The last half hour or so of the film is the weakest part and doesn't seem to fit with the tone of what went on before.

I tried to like The Dreamers. I almost feel guilty for not liking it more. If it didn't try so hard to be saying something about youth, sex and revolution then it wouldn't have failed so miserably.


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