The Dreamers

2006-03-30 12:24

Together anything is possible. Together nothing is forbidden...

Left alone in Paris whilst their parents are on holiday, Isabelle (Eva Green) and her brother Theo (Louis Garrel) invite Matthew (Michael Pitt), a young American student, to stay at their apartment. Here they make their own rules as they experiment with their emotions and sexuality while playing a series of increasingly demanding mind games.

Set against the turbulent political backdrop of France in the spring of 1968 when the voice of youth was reverberating around Europe, The Dreamers is a story of self-discovery as the three students test each other to see just how far they will go.

What the critics are saying:

"As exquisitely crafted as any Bertolucci film, this is never a yawn. But if you're expecting something as provocative as it is pretty, dream on."
- Matthew Leyland, BBCi Film

"Bertolucci provokes audiences instead of pacifying them. Boy, do we need him now."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"A kind of art-house Showgirls -- which actually exceeds Showgirls in its self-indulgence, shallowness and sheer stupidity."
- Jonathan Foreman, New York Post

Hauntingly beautiful and explicit as it may be, Bernardo Bertolucci's latest film doesn't live up to its director's towering reputation.

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