The Dreamers (2004)
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Critic Reviews for The Dreamers
The pleasures of "The Dreamers" stay mostly on the surface. But when the surface is as stylish and sexy as this, it's hard to complain.
Swept away by the intensity of the characters' movie debates and sexual games, Bertolucci often recaptures the film-besotted spirit of the period.
Audience Reviews for The Dreamers
Wild and ambitious, The Dreamers is a Bernardo Bertolucci masterpiece that candidly declares an erotic affection for cinema with references to Breathless, Band Of Outsiders, and other classics. For cinephiles, The Dreamers is a daring and nostalgic exploration of cinema, sex, and politics with equally daring performances from the talented ménage à trois - Michael Pitt, Eva Green, and Louis Garrel. Strictly for mature audiences only.
'Strange, beautiful.....and you'll never hear surf music again.' The soundtrack aptly begins and ends with the Hendrix tune, serving both as testament and summary.
It's artistic and political and psychological and sexual, but I can't say all those themes really jived. The filmic commentary helps to establish the trio's friendship in fun and moving ways, but it doesn't have much to do with the political payoff. The social unrest bookends the historical relevance of the movie, but there's no definitive extolling or damning of Matthew's pacifism. Isabelle and Theo's twisted codependence and Matthew and Isabelle's sexual awakening are equally awkward and titillating, but the film seems to treat these issues as face value quirks. There's no subsequent discussion after Isabelle breaks down at Theo's door. There's no revelation of Isabelle's attempted suicide. There's no consequence to their parents finding out. Michael Pitt has the most interesting face. It's so naive yet bold. He does have beautiful lips.
The Dreamers Quotes
|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."|
|Matthew:||I don't believe in God, but if I did, he would be a black, left-handed guitarist.|
|Matthew:||It makes films like crimes, and directors like criminals.|
|Matthew:||As we walked, we talked and talked and talked about politics, about movies, and about why the French could never come close to producing a good rock band.|