|The Dreamers (Original Uncut NC-17 Version)
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Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Publisher: 20th Century Fox
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Label: 20th Century Fox
Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), French (Original Language), Spanish (Original Language), English (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled)
Running Time: 115 minutes
Number Of Items: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6
Release Date: July 13, 2004
Theatrical Release Date: November 30, 2002
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A love letter to movies (and the French new wave of the 1960s in particular), Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers starts with a 1968 riot outside of a Parisian movie palace then burrows into an insular love triangle. Matthew (Michael Pitt, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), an expatriate American student, bonds with a twin brother and sister, Isabelle (Eva Green) and Theo (Louis Garrel), over their mutual love of film--they not only quote lines of dialogue, they act out small bits and challenge each other to name the cinematic source. Matthew suspects the twins of incest, but that doesn't stop him from falling into his own intimacies with Isabelle. As the threesome becomes threatened, Paris succumbs to student riots. The Dreamers aspires to be kinky, but the results are more decorative than decadent; nonetheless, the movie's lively energy recalls the careless and vital exuberance of Godard and Truffaut. --Bret Fetzer
From Academy Award-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor, 1987), comes an erotic tale of three young film lovers brought together by their passion for movies -- and each other. When Isabelle and Theo (Eva Green, Louis Garrel) invite Matthew (Michael Pitt) to stay with them, what begins as a casual friendship ripens into a sensual voyage of discovery and desire in which nothing is off limits and anything is possible. Featuring an engaging, seductive cast, The Dreamers is a ?spellbinding, provocative feast!" (Ebert & Roeper)
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What a concept! A mature, intelligent film about sex, politics, and great cinema... June 11, 2006
5 out of 5 found this review helpful
I absolutely adore this film. Bertolucci is one of the great filmmakers working today. It was wonderful to see a film that treated sex and nudity (both male and female, at least in the NC-17 version) with respect and maturity, as opposed to the snickering of a Farrelly Brothers film or a Sex and the City episode. The actors seemed very at ease with it, as Bertolucci has made some of the greatest erotic films of all time (even though Jake Gyllenhaal was up for the Michael Pitt part, but turned it down because he didn't want to appear full frontal nude...chicken). The passion of those times is well conveyed here, and the clips from the great films are wonderful (especially if you're a cinephile, like myself). There was a time in the world where people felt passionately about art, politics, cinema, life, sex, everything, and that passion seems to be lacking today. It is nice to see a director (Catherine Breillat does this as well) who is unafraid of showing sex, and showing it to be natural and real, as opposed to having to put cheap sex jokes in there so we don't feel uncomfortable. A masterpiece...
An underestimated film, perfectly captures a created dream world May 7, 2006
27 out of 27 found this review helpful
This film is very good, I was surprized at how much I liked it considering all the media reviews around its release which emphasized incest and nudity and sexual taboos. In fact, the film is really about the social construction of reality and the testing of your constructed reality model. Let me explain what I mean by this; a pair of beautiful twins, a brother and sister, have developed a passion for film and have developed a highly dependent relationship upon each other that focuses their erotic energies toward each other in their insular world rather than outward. They have constructed an odd reality system, but for them it seems to have worked. They interprete the world through film. The first weakening of this reality system begins when the twins, Isabelle and Theo, invite Matthew into their world. Their parents leave for a month long summer vacation and Matthew moves into their lush apartment.
There is a very telling and important scene where Matthew comes to dinner with the family and the father and Theo have an argument at the table. Theo is angry and full of adolescent rage at his father, but his father is saddened to see Theo full of anger and so empty of real experience. Theo's view of reality is distorted and his sad father realizes that he can't help his son, that only pain and experience will open his eyes. Theo and Isabella have no idea how pampered they really are. Matthew sees it immediately but is gradually seduced by the beautiful and sophisticated twins.
Matthew is the first crack in the wall of their world. He moves into the apartment and they play games around famous films. Isabelle seduces Matthew, who is her first love, while Theo watches and so begins a marathon of love making all over the house from which Theo gradually withdraws. Theo then makes love to a girl in his college class, which is just the trick to stir Isabelle's insecurity, jealousy, and dependency needs. She quickly pulls Theo back into the threesome orbit.
These three young people are consumers, they are not producers, they run out of food and money and eventually drink a lot of the father's wine collection. Matthew, through his genuine love for Isabelle, trys to insert an external reality into their world, but both Theo and Isabelle resist. Around them the city of Paris is in riot yet the twins are oblivious. In a great scene, Isabelle and Theo wish to shave Matthew's pubic hair and he rebels and refuses confronting them with a desire to infantilize him, to make him their little boy - the childhood Theo loved by Isabelle, rather than accept that he loves Isabelle alone and wants out of the triangle.
The parents return because the phone line is dead and when the nude threesome are discovered, in a bedspread tent Isabelle recreates from her childhood, Isabelle decides to kill herself and the others using gas from the oven. This young woman will go to extremes to avoid letting the world enter her reality. To some degree she is the ultimate control freak in that she must control those around her to meet her needs and she does not allow any contrary vision of the real world to enter into her created childhood space. Matthew, though totally in love with her, realizes it is a lost cause. He realizes this when Isabelle and Theo are thrown into an on-going riot and begin acting like characters from a movie, with reckless abandonment as if they were immortal. He merges into the riot and disappears from their lives.
I loved the title, The Dreamers, for this exactly captures Theo and Isabelle's world. At least Matthew finally awoke. This is an underestimated film, it is very well done.
LOVE THIS MOVIE May 2, 2006
5 out of 13 found this review helpful
This movie is about a young college-bound American who travels to France to study abroad.He is soon met up with two siblings that love old films, and have some strange, sexual habits that they indulge in.The American tries to seperate them, but at the last moment during a 1960's commy uprising they snap the last straw for him by indulging in violence to get their way. I love it, that was a horrible undermining summary of the movie, but those are the main plot points.
not what I expected April 22, 2006
5 out of 24 found this review helpful
After reading just a few of the reviews I thought this would be a really good movie. It was different from other movies. There was quite a bit that was boring, but worth the $6.
These two DVD's make a great pair. They were sexy, intriguing, informative and fun! April 16, 2006
22 out of 33 found this review helpful
This movie is VERY SEXY! It's a lot of fun to watch.
The story is set in the 1960's in France.
The characters are colorful and interesting as they unfold
an exciting life that coexists amidst the chaos and havoc
of the tumultuous time period.
Eva Green is a pleasure to watch, the way she falls in love
and has the two men in her life fall in love with her.
Everyone in this movie is pleasant to look at,
and the dynamics of each of the relationships get
more and more interesting as the story progresses.
I loved the Female Masturbation Clitoris
Key to a Woman's Pleasure DVD that I saw with the Dreamers,
it is on a different note than The Dreamers
but equally peaked our interests in more ways than one.
My husband and I watched The Dreamers and It was a turn on.
Then we watched the Female Masturbation DVD.
This has an instructional format,
and shows a woman giving herself an orgasm.
It was very informative to see the changes in her genitalia
throughout the course of the video,
and to see the different ways that she pleasurably touches her body.
It offered new ways for me to pleasure myself,
And for my husband and I to use together.
These two DVD's make a great pair. They were
sexy, intriguing, informative and fun!