Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Dreamers

Billy Wilder once said, "What critics call dirty in our movies, they call lusty in foreign films." Indeed Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers does cross that very fine line between the two terms frequently, but there is so much more than sex.

The Dreamers focuses on Matthew (Michael Pitt), an American studying in Paris at the peak of the 1968 student riots. He meets Isabelle (Eva Green) and Theo (Louis Garrel), and instantly forms a bond with them because of their shared interest in film. It's not long before Matthew realizes Isabelle and Theo have their own way of having fun.

Many moments in The Dreamers focus heavily on the bond between the three. Jealously seeps in rather quickly. Theo feels threatened when Matthew falls in love with Isabelle, who gets crushed when she overhears Theo in bed with another woman. Indeed Matthew feels uncomfortable by Theo's constant presence but never threatened.

There's no real explanation as to why Isabelle and Theo act this way. Apart from going to the movies, maybe it's their way of escaping reality. But no one knows except for them.

In a way, The Dreamers is what Bertolucci's other sexed-up film Last Tango in Paris would've been like had there not been so many restrictions back then. Though one could view The Dreamers and Last Tango in Paris as one in the same. After all, both are about individuals not wanting to face reality.

My Rating: ****1/2


  1. I never heard of the quote from Wilder. Certainly the two can often be interchangable.

    I've seen bits and pieces of this film - certianly interesting.

  2. I love this film. I don't know what exactly it is about it- maybe the escapism or the impossibly beautiful leads or the setting or just cinephilia, but I always get lost in it. One of my most favourites ever.

  3. I love those cinema references in the film and also Eva Green's gorgeous body.

  4. While I obviously noticed the simulated sex in the film the scene that will probably stay with me forever is the stunning re-creation of the Venus d'Milo.

  5. Never seen this but I'd like to. Have a few friends that love it.

  6. I absolutely love this movie too! Michael Pitt is so talented.

  7. I love this movie, Eva Green is just incredible and I hope her career gets a big boost this year.


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