An intriguing erotic sentimental drama set against the backdrop of the events of May 1968 in Paris
- The Dreamers review by PJ
An American university student in Paris, who is fanatical about films, meets a peculiar brother and sister (Eva Green), who are twins and fellow film enthusiasts. The twins have a very close, claustrophobic relationship. The 3 of them become entangled in an erotic triangle. The film is set against the backdrop of the 1968 Paris student riots. The film constantly makes references to various movies of the classical and New Wave cinema.
On one level, the film is interesting and there are echoes of the director's earlier works (such as 'Last Tango in Paris'). The erotic trio is intriguing. Eva Green is remarkably seductive and sexy in her acting, attitude and personality. The reconstitution of the Paris of the 1960s is very well done.
On another level, the movie is somewhat annoying because the central characters, the twins, are irritating and immature: they are typical French, privileged, middle-class students who pretend to be non-conformist revolutionaries. They hate all things that are 'bourgeois' but cannot see that they, themselves, are pure products of the arty, intellectual bourgeois class, French style. The young American is, in fact, far more mature and far more perceptive, but in awe of the twins -- more particularly Eva Green's character. (No doubt this portrayal is largely deliberate on the part of the director, but the characters are nevertheless annoying!)
There is something a bit contrived about the constant references to old movies: it is understandable in a film about film enthusiasts, but it adds to the artificiality of the narrative -- with the theme of the film that includes another film (or various other films), while reality reflects the fiction of the movies, rather than the opposite.
So, it is a good film of a peculiar genre, worth watching, but not quite a masterpiece.
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