As film buffs they meet and 'adopt' modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. While sympathizing with the revolutionaries in the street, they actually are the ultimate materialistic consumers: they produce nothing that they consume neither food nor art , and when the money their parents provide runs out, and they've drained most of the wine cellar, the harsh realities of life set in. In the initial scenes, at the demonstration in front of the Cinematheque, Bertolucci used news reel footage from the '60s with Jean-Pierre Leaud si Jean-Pierre Kalfon known actors of the New Wave. It should be noted that The Dreamers contains various sexual and nude scenes, but that these are by no means as shocking as the sex scenes in The Last Tango were, when that film was released in the 1960s. Leave it to the French to be exploring l'amour in all its myriad possibilities! They're playing with lines from known films, they imitate characters, they put themselves into the sequences they love. The ending of the film, considered by some critics a weak point, is in fact quite accomplished.
But the European cinema is different. Consequently, Bertolucci's feminine character believes that she has not been alive until seeing the afore-mentioned film, considered by many the beginning of the New Wave. I want to comment on Mr. As film buffs they meet and 'adopt' modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. While the May 1968 Paris student riots--which eventually shut down most of the French government--are happening around them, the three friends develop a relationship unlike anything Matthew has ever experienced, or will ever encounter again.
The floating camera gives a feeling of being there, it is mostly used in the first part of the movie where Matthew learns more about his mysterious new friends, it gives us a feeling of curiousity towards these two new persons. The film is superb, artistically and technically. The twins, Isabelle and Theo, are almost as close to each other in young adulthood as they were during the nine months they spent together in their mother's womb. He is an artist gone bankrupt. My suspicion is that Bertolucci and writer Gilbert Adair made their film about incest because an ordinary love triangle would have seemed just too commonplace in this day and age to serve as a successful plot device for a film whose very theme centers around radicalism. Only leaving their home to watch films, the trio are basically oblivious to the growing trouble in the streets. As film buffs they meet and 'adopt' modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew.
Contrary to other films directed by this director - who has promised much and delivered even more throughout his career - The Dreamers opens in a fast-paced and provocative manner. As in other films by Bertolucci, practically every shot could be cut out and studied hours at an end for its elegance. As film buffs they meet and 'adopt' modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. Yes, Bertolucci has employed a few ingenious cinematography tricks, but the film is utterly pointless. This is your interpretation of art? Very intriguing concept and the acting is fine. It becomes clear that the film deals with furious and beautiful young people who live through the films they devour. Time and culture sure do march on, and it always seems to be the French leading the way.
As i said earlier this movie is very complex, it's hard to understand, and i could probably talk about it forever, but i got to stop somewhere. Revolution breaks out and the world seems to be in a critical turning point, but inside the four walls of an apartment, three youngsters experience their very own revolution. Finally, a note for film buffs. My middle-of-the-road rating is mainly due to my not being terribly interested in the type of relationship formed by the three main characters. On the negative side i think the movie sometimes get too complex and slow, but overall i don't regret seeing it, and i think that i will be seeing it again due to the complex story, it will probably bring me new thoughts when i see it next time. 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. Some may think it a shame that the dreamers fail, but others like myself will view it as something that has to happen, if the dream is unrealistic and unsustainable.
Which is ironic given that the historical setting of The Dreamers is May '68, probably the greatest revolutionary moment of the past fifty years. But the acting is really good, Michael Pitt and Louis Garrel really gives an above average performance, great to see that there are still new actors who can take over when the old ones will be gone. All three leads are quite good, with Eva Green in particular deserving special notice for a completely uninhibited performance at least the two male leads had each other's example to follow. All others, be prepared for a marginally interesting watch. Isabelle, Theo and Matthew are so insulated and cut off from the outside world that the points Bertolucci seemingly wants to make about the times - as reflected in protesters marching in the streets, the references to Vietnam, Mao and Jimmy Hendrix - feel tacked on and superfluous, not particularly integral to the film as a whole.
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. The film does have a political backdrop and it does use clips from old French and Hollywood classics to underline and parallel the central story, but it all comes across as empty because nobody thought to give these ghastly characters anything to do or want. It's hard to come up with an accurate overall rating for this film, because I think there will be a widespread variance in how different people react to both the storyline and the images. Despite their young age, all three actors not only do they show that they're worth of starring in a Bertolucci film, but they also go even further giving in every scene the necessary vividness and realistic tension. As it is, 'The Dreamers' is not an entirely successful film, but those impressed by fine film-making had best not pass it up. What couldn't you do with a three way sexual encounter staged in Paris in the midst of May '68? It often shows how feelings are condensed in a quiet but explosive mixture. Drama, Romance 2003 Year 115 Mins 7.
Also i give props to all the three main characters for their brave and realistic portray of nudity and the complications of sex among unexperienced youngsters. However once he gets settled with them he discovers sides of both that he had not expected. This description fits The Dreamers like a glove. Is that art or just because in the name Bertolucci everything around is pure art?? The three main characters all played beyond reproach live their menage-a-trois through concrete gestures and attitudes, as well as through emotions that are suggested by the sublime cinematography. I think the movie is definetely worth watching, it's very artistic and does indeed stand on its own feet, it takes chances you don't see many movies take, and it's all done very well.