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The Dreamers Reviews

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½ September 13, 2016
The chemistry between the three celebrities cements 'The Dreamers' as one of the most beautiful and touching films about the dreams we have of cinema and a love of movies.
August 30, 2016
I love this movie because eva green was in it.
½ July 29, 2016
As lushly, dramatically shot as the European art films of mid-20th century yet as visually and rhetorically provocative as a Prince or Madonna musical release of the 80's & 90's. It has a bit of an esoteric moonbeam of a plot but the strong performances by all the outstanding cast and the French based backdrop of the 1960's cultural revolutions (particularly political and sexual) fronts taken from an precocious American perspective makes it one not to miss! Definitely a watershed masterwork for the director and a standalone creation of immeasurable magnetism worthy of repeat viewings.
½ June 26, 2016
So quickly dated for a film that's not all that old. Feels like it's trying so hard to be sophisticated and apart. It does feel surreal in that it is so separated from the political reality it seems to be alluding to. The characters are just never fully fleshed out beyond the risqué content. Feels like it was made by a much older man and I still don't know what his intention was. Fun to watch though?
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½ April 20, 2016
Dreamy, romantic and effortlessly weird, the Dreamers plays out less like a film and more like an unfinished script or a thrown away play. It's great and very cool and there's a 50% chance that you were engaged by the film enough to be blown away by its clever ending, but unfortunately I don't think they delved into the themes presented enough, instead they just teased the audience with them. It's angsty melodrama isn't anything new or refreshing. The camera-work is good if a bit boring at times.
April 16, 2016
NC-17 but worthy. The characters are great movie buffs which I pretty much can relate to.
April 6, 2016
I loved this movie, it was very beautiful.
March 25, 2016
Why did the twins want a someone new to enter into their peculiar relationship? Maybe, the twin brother did realize some kind of limitation in between him and his twin sister. As they expected, Matthew brought something the twins never had had before to their relation. What Matthew brought seemed intrigued at first but the twins have realized that it made them not be able to stay their narrow world and push them out of their dreams. The movie has various aspects that make it translated in many different ways, and it might get you think that this film reached some level of quality regardless of what kind of way you appreciate this movie.
January 3, 2016
Desperation. Emptiness. Idealism. Naivity.

"The Dreamers" reflects the lives of those middle class adolescents in the late '60s who felt the need to revolt against the mainstream without really understanding what they were revolting against and what they wanted instead. "The Dreamers" reflects the disconnect between a generation of adolescents lost in bourgeois society, longing to get out but not knowing how.

Our main character is your generic intellectual who's living among people of a different culture and finds some people he connects with. He's dragged along a roller-coaster of sexual tension and alienation and enjoys every little bit of it, but in the end he realizes he's been living in a dream, he wakes up and moves on.

The symbolism is deep. The emotions are deep. I've rarely been this impressed by a movie, so all I can say is this : watch it with an open mind and let yourself go....
½ November 9, 2015
What a wonderful movie. The Dreamers is a love letter to the French New Wave, with all the spectacular erotica that Bertolucci can offer. It's a celluloid porno.. literally speaking. Finally, film fetishism and hardcore sex meet at last. The performances from the trio of lovers are outstanding and brave. Like all of his movies, Bertolucci asks for nearly everything from his actors, and every time, it never fails. Clothes come flying off. I always seem to respond very positively to art house films that veer towards pornography. It's not because I get a thrill out of it. There is something so powerful and intimate about sex on film. Sex is the most private, vulnerable state of the human experience. Through the sheets, we see our characters completely unravel. Granted you have to be a good actor for this to work. If this were entirely the case, than every porn movie would be up for an Oscar. That's a lot of gold statues to pass out. Bertolucci just orchestrates it all so beautifully.
October 19, 2015
one of my fav .. bertolucci's XXI masterpiece ...
September 12, 2015
Curious film from famous Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci that takes place during the student riots in 1968 Paris. I was in 7th grade at the time. A young American student is befriended by French fraternal twins who share his love of cinema, politics, culture and sex. Great film if you're into old movies and late 1960s music. There are clips of Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire and William Holden and the soundtrack has the music of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
½ September 7, 2015
Bertolucci's picture is uneven, and at times, meandering, yet it possesses enough charm, freshness and pathos to make it worth exploring.
½ August 19, 2015
Eva Green has a hot body, and gets laid whenever she wants! Nuff said!
½ August 8, 2015
delightful, beautiful, provocative, sensual
½ August 3, 2015
Hated the ending but up until then it was pretty good.
July 22, 2015
This was a movie of explorations. The dialogue and philosophy as well as the social positions are quite interesting to consider. The scenery is not bad either ;)
½ July 15, 2015
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and featuring a breakthrough performance from Eva Green, The Dreamers sounded like a film with erotic potential and an assembly of talent.

Stereotypically with films by Bernardo Bertolucci, there is a sense that his works tend to be self-indulgent. This is clearly the case with The Dreamers because it serves as an examination of his passion for eroticism and cinematic history. In his attempts to integrate both that into the story he is able to create a film which is very atmospheric and stylish, but at the same time he neglects a substantial story.
Bernardo Bertolucci's sense of style is all there in The Dreamers. The beautiful scenery captured in the film is not to the extent that Bernardo Bertoucci reached with Stealing Beauty, but the lovely Paris scenery really gives the film an intriguing setting. Yet as a means of keeping on a low budget, The Dreamers spends most of its times within the limited confines of a single aparment setting. With Bernardo Bertolucci directing, the natural beauty of this setting is illuminated very well with the colourful illumination of everything making the experience more appealing. The cinematography is excellently atmospheric as it emphasizes all of this while also capturing the lovely spectacle of nudity depicted in The Dreamers. While the subject matter may make it a challenge to embrace some of the sexuality in The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci's passion for eroticism ensures that use of nudity is captured with a gentle stylish appeal. The nudity in the film progressively becomes natural as the atmosphere develops which means that Bernardo Bertolucci's ability to make eroticism naturally blend into the narrative transcends the edgy subject matter of the film. The stylish way that cinematic history stock footage is juxtaposed with Bernardo Bertolucci's footage befittingly pays tribute to the director's love of many parts of film history. Frankly, The Dreamers is a very stylish film which is rich in atmosphere.
However, the same cannot be said about the story. For one thing, I'm not familiar with the context of the 1968 Paris student riots so I can't pick up on a lot of the story context, nor do I understand what relevance it is to the characters. But the problem is that the film doesn't make it clear why these riots are occuring, and when this is clearly a key piece of subtext in the story and important to the characters then viewers who don't know the same extent of history as Gilbert Adair did when he wrote it. But beyond the ambigous story context, there is genuinely not much to substantiate the narrative anyway. The relationship shared between the three main characters is not explicitly clear. Part of the supposed interest in the film comes from the unpredictability of just where the relationship between twins Theo and Isabelle along with Matthew is going to develop, but for me the problem was that there was just a genuine lack of depth in the tale. The cast are involved in bringing the spirit out of the characters, but the story is not up to the same challenge because it doesn't seem to know them any better than we do. And no matter how many new plot points are brought into the narrative, there is still never an answer to who the main characters are and why they are such free spirited and unconventional folk. And the film consistently proves that it wants to keep moving forward which is a nice contrast to the extremely slow pace of Bernardo Bertolucci's prior film Stealing Beauty, but the subject matter is still not insightful enough to be genuinely entertaining along the way.
The only spirit in the narrative held aloft throughout the feature comes from the efforts of the cast.
Michael Pitt captures a strong leading performance for The Dreamers. As a character who gets caught up in a strange brother sister relationship, Michael Pitt convincingly conveys the sense of being an outsider who slowly learns to embrace the free spirited nature of the people he meets. He develops a strong chemistry with the surrounding cast members and speaks of his cinematic passion with such an instinctively tenacious flair. Michael Pitt's determined ability to consistently remain both engaged with Eva Green and Louis Garrel and yet somewhat isolated as well is a strong balance of charisma, so he proves himself as a strong lead.
But Eva Green is the standout of the cast. Embalmed in the complicated relationship she shares with Matthew and Theo, Isabelle is a character which Eva Green sinks into very deeply. Lost in the mystical mindset of the role, Eva Green becomes lost in the fantasies of Isabelle's mind. Her spirit comes out of the character through every end, be it through the most minor physical movements or facial expressions. Her line delivery becomes truly intense at times, and the genuine passion of the character is difficult to ignore with Eve Green delivering such a powerful effort in the part.
Lastly, Louis Garrel is also a very powerful addition to the cast. As the most unpredictable of the characters, Louis Garrel is able to go between being passionately energetic in developing a friendship with Matthew before instantly diverting it into what borders on a sense of intense antagonism. He is always an edgy presence on screen, and his strong ability to put himself at the heart of the drama in the relationship shared between with Matthew and Isabelle is intense. Louise Garrel has a passionate sense of charisma as Theo, and his ability to make the experience more intense is an admirable asset.

So The Dreamers benefits from a trio of performances from the lead actors and stylish directorial work from Bernardo Bertolucci, but the story is so lifelessly underdeveloped and contextually insufficient that it makes the entire experience dull and even confusing at times.
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