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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 ... 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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Bertolucci returns to politics & sex. See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When in the film Godard meets the filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, there is the curious circumstance that the actor who plays the first of them (Louis Garrel) obtained his first cinematographic success under the orders of the Italian director in "The Dreamers" (2003). See more »

Goofs

When Matthew returns to the room to discover Theo in bed with Isabelle, Isabelle's expression and hair keeps changing position during shots. 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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The word "events" is misspelled in the sentence stating "The wevents, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious." See more »

Alternate Versions

US R-rated version runs ca. 3 minutes shorter than the uncut NC-17-rated version. See more »


Soundtracks

Hot Voodoo
(1932)
taken from the OST of "Blonde Venus"
Music by Sam Coslow
Lyrics by Ralph Rainger
Published by Famous Music Corporation/BMG Music Publishing International Ltd.
Courtesy of Universal Pictures, A division of Universal City Studio, LLP
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I grew up in the 60s
11 April 2010 | by nightair86See all my reviews

And, trust me, it was nothing like this! Sure, I would have dreamed to have met(and more!) someone like Isabelle when i was 20. This movie is pure garbage and anyone who thinks to the contrary ought to get a reality check. It has 3 beautiful young actors who have nothing better to do than have sex, sleep and drink very expensive wine. Nice. Those of us who were actually teenagers in the 60s do not have this experience at all. It is fantasy. Don't get me wrong: If the purpose of this artsy film was to titillate and show off the gorgeous, voluptuous bodies of these 3 young persons, then it succeeded in every measure. But all three of them (as portrayed in the movie) are self-obsessed, self-centred, rude, spoiled rotten kids. Parents were total idiots too. Thank goodness, the 60s were not dominated by these amoral teenagers; otherwise we may not have succeeded as a Western Society into the new millennium. Take this movie for what it is: nice camera-work, good Parisian scenery and 3 gorgeous nude teenagers screwing like rabbits. If you are reading more into it than that, then you are a true idiot. It is artsy pornography. Nothing more.


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