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Amid the 1968 student riots in Paris, American exchange student Matthew (Michael Pitt of Murder by Numbers) meets French twins (Louis Garrel, Eva Green) who share his love of film. The twins also have an unusually close relationship—unlike anything Matthew has ever experienced—and he longs to be a part of it. French star Jean-Pierre Léaud (Last Tango in Paris and many François Truffaut classics) appears as himself. Based on the novel Holy Innocents by Gilbert Adair. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (Stealing Beauty, The Last Emperor).
  The Dreamers

This film has provided me with the opportunity to celebrate and pay homage not only to the spirit of youth of the student revolution of May 1968, but also the "golden era" of Hollywood and the French directors of the nouvelle vague.

Many of my films have been described as "epics;" The Dreamers however I see as being far more of a chamber piece. Everything starts on one particular day in Paris, and that's when our "heroes" meet. Isabelle and Theo's parents have gone on holiday for a month so they lock themselves in their apartment with Matthew, their new American
friend. And they have this very intense relationship, a real initiation in those few days. They stay locked in the house, and when they leave they are grown-ups, they've become adults.

The Dreamers is about their voyage of discovery. It's about spring: the springtime of Paris, the springtime of its political awakening and the springtime of their bodies. And what happens inside the apartment
seems to reflect, in a certain way, what's happening outside.

I'm especially pleased with the music in the film. It was a late decision to use only music from the period, but I'm very happy with how effective it is—and surprised by how the music of over thirty years ago anticipated
and inspired so much music of today.


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