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The Dreamers Reviews

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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.
Super Reviewer
½ July 15, 2015
Coming of age drama set against 1960's Paris. Nicely done.
May 16, 2015
A masterpiece by filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci. This is the story of the political upheavel in Paris 1968 and three people who are drawn to eachother through their passion for movies. Great cinematography and performances make this movie a must for any film buff.
May 4, 2015
thank you for this movie
April 20, 2015
uh... I did not get this movie. Maybe I will someday. I have an idea but the end just left me thinking, "....that's it? What exactly was I supposed to take away again?" I'm glad Matthew acknowledge how weird Theo and Isabelle are. I watched this movie cause I love Michael Pitt and think he's hot, but geez, I didn't need to see that much of him! The movie cutaways kind of bothered me and felt a bit like pandering and gimmicky, but I spose if you don't get the reference it's helpful. I just don't think I've ever seen a movie blatantly show you the reference like this one did. I dunno.
April 15, 2015
The Dreamers is a steamy slice of romantic erotica that pairs the magic of cinema with the fantasy of protest. It explores three cinephiles' delirious passion, and how it fits with the turbulent political landscape around them. It plays on the human weakness to delusion, and its power to deceive. Fanciful and fiercely provocative, but short of a 'masterpiece'. 8/10.
April 3, 2015
One of my favorite movies. It's teeming with eroticism! An ode to the 60s, cinema, sex and first love. Yes, the incest is weird, as always, and the NC-17 is gonna keep people away, but if you love artsy, beautifully shot French movies then see this by all means!
February 21, 2015
Eva green is perfect; our aimless, rotten yet blooming, raw, rebellious lives are beautiful as hell
February 16, 2015
If the director meant for the movie to say that young people are retarded and, as Louis CK would say, 'a big useless zero', then this movie gets a 10/10.
Otherwise, it's garbage.
½ February 10, 2015
Watching "The Dreamers" is a real pleasure as it explores the love affair that arouses between three young people fueled by their love for the movies.
½ February 7, 2015
Bertolucci siempre ha sido un artista muy enfermo... me gusta. Solo para mentes muy muuuuuy abiertas.
November 2, 2014
"I don't want to be loved very much, I just want to be loved."
October 19, 2014
I should get an award just for finishing this thing.
September 30, 2014
So this girl told me to watch The Dreamers? because it was a "work of art." Well, I don't normally do this but because I care about some of you--never watch that movie. It's a bunch of naked young people in a apartment in France doing nothing except naked things....for 2 hours. If you're in to staring at naked people whilst speaking cheesy dialogue that no
real sane person would ever say-- then that's the movie for you lol! For me, it was the Cowboys and Aliens equivalent of bad movies.
September 4, 2014
Bernardo Bertolucci is a master of eroticism (i.e. "Last Tango in Paris"). "The Dreamers" has plenty of steamy sex and nudity (often explicit but never exploitative) but it also has a great passion for arthouse cinema. Because of Bertolucci's passionate direction and Gilbert Adair's script, references to many films are littered throughout. The movie highlights a time when people fought for the arts (there were riots in France due to the shutting down of the Cinemateque Francaise), but it also focuses on the completely universal theme of loss of innocence. Plus, the performances of all three main actors (especially Eva Green and Michael Pitt) are terrific. Be warned, though. "The Dreamers" is rated NC-17 for a reason. But otherwise, this one's controversial and artful, not pornographic.
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