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By Oliver Lyttelton


8. “The Dreamers”
An extremely polarizing NC-17 film upon its release, Bernardo Bertolucci’s wantonly naive — perhaps revisionist — paean to his ’60s counter-culture heyday is a valentine to the thrilling rush of New Wave cinema and an impetuous kind of sonic youth. It can be a little heavy-handed if you’re not a devout quixotic cineaste (but can you really hate on references to “Mouchette” and “Bande à part“?). But drunk on idealism, it throbs with erotic voltage and is fraught with romantic spontaneity — and it’s a film that is done wonders by repeat viewings and is deeply in need of a second glance. Featuring excellent performances by its three leads (especially a deliciously wicked and sultry Eva Green; the boys are Michael Pitt and Louis Garrel) the trio play disaffected youths insulated in a palatial Paris apartment, experimenting with sexuality, exploring abstract notions, philosophy and challenging social mores while the world outside is pregnant with unrest and discordant anomie. Its rich guilelessness is in essence its strength (the title says its all), as the film voluptuously (and profanely) lurches forward like an ardent molotov cocktail to the chest.

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Source: Indiewire

One Response to “The 10 Best Films Of 2004”
  1. Jackie Says:

    The Dreamers is everything for so many reasons. If you cannot see the bigger picture of what it is saying, I cannot. The underlying love story and sexual evolution that Eva, Michael, and Louis go through is one that has been perpetually present is so many young adults lives. Life is not always puppy dogs and rainbows and The Dreamers is the fascinatingly true story of first time love and sexual discovery. I recommend it to all women ONCE they are mature enough to peel back the onion and see whats underneath. Its brutally real.