directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
starring: Michael Pitt; Eva Green; Louis Garrel
Hilary says: "Just a few words on Bernardo Bertolucci's latest effort, THE DREAMERS: silly, pretentious, and unsexy."
|Janet says: "I had not intended to see this film, but
today was so gray, and I was
numbingly bored with both the inside of my home and my own face in the
mirror that I had to get out. I knew that seeing THE DREANERS would at
least provide visual stimuli in the form of attractive French interiors
fresh, young, unfamiliar faces. Maybe I would get a new idea on how to
a scarf. That's how desperate I was. I was not disappointed on these
accounts; the rest of the film lived up to my mild expectations.
"As you know, THE DREAMERS is about a naive young Californian who gets pulled into an incestuous triangle with a Parisian brother and sister (all three of them cinephiles) during the Sixties, against a backdrop of protests of the Vietnam War. There is a definite air of epater les bourgeois here, not only in sexual mores but in terms of simple hygiene, as the sex bubbles up in a potage of urine, toothpaste, and menstrual blood.
"As regards insight into human nature (I can't help it---others may
look for cinematography or musical score, but insight into human nature
is the little
thing I can't do without) I didn't find much, so the sexual behavior
regarding as symbolic rather than believable. The incest and masturbation,
one assumes, are meant to signal a reluctance to engage with the outer
world. Fine. Still, the film's intended shock, for me, was dulled by
irritation as I saw the aging great Bertolucci fail to go where others
"The second human-nature stumbling block was an ineffective scene in which the siblings' parents discover what they've been up to, and tiptoe away. The reactions were so muted that it was hard to know what the writer and director intended, so I chalked it up to symbolism again. (The parents' denial compounds the family's reluctance to engage with the outside world?) Michael Pitt as the American, Matthew, has an Elvis-like sullenness but is bland and unexpressive. The performances of Louis Garrel and Eva Green as the brother and sister are more confident, versatile, and finely shaded. No cats for anyone involved with the film."