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The Dreamers (2003)

NC-17 | | Drama, Romance | 20 February 2004 (USA)
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A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

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Gilbert Adair (screenplay), Gilbert Adair (based on the novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Pitt ... Matthew
Eva Green ... Isabelle / Sister
Louis Garrel ... Theo / Brother
Anna Chancellor ... Mother
Robin Renucci ... Father
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Himself
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Himself (as Jean-Paul Leaud)
Florian Cadiou ... Patrick
Pierre Hancisse Pierre Hancisse ... First Buff
Valentin Merlet Valentin Merlet ... Second Buff
Lola Peploe Lola Peploe ... The Usherette
Ingy Fillion Ingy Fillion ... Theo's Girlfriend
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Storyline

Paris, spring 1968. While most students take the lead in the May 'revolution', a French poet's twin son Theo and daughter Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. As film buffs they meet and 'adopt' modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence. A sexual threesome shakes their rapport, yet only the outside reality will break it up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dreamers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$142,632, 8 February 2004

Gross USA:

$2,532,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,121,165
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Leonardo DiCaprio was offered the role of Matthew, but turned it down because he was in pre-production with The Aviator (2004). Michael Pitt, who bears considerable resemblance to DiCaprio, was cast in his place. See more »

Goofs

On the walk along the canal, Isabelle states that she "...entered this world on the Champs-Elysees, 1959." She is obviously much older than 9, but she is not referring to her actual birth. She is reciting a speech from Breathless, whose clips are shown. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Matthew: The first time I saw a movie at the cinématèque française I thought, "Only the French... only the French would house a cinema inside a palace."
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Crazy Credits

The end credits scroll down the screen (top-to-bottom), and multi-line entries are written to be read bottom-to-top. See more »

Alternate Versions

US R-rated version runs ca. 3 minutes shorter than the uncut NC-17-rated version. See more »

Connections

Features Mouchette (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Song for Our Ancestors
(1968)
Written by Steve Miller
Published by Sailor Music, Administered in the UK by Windswept Music (London) Ltd
Performed by Steve Miller Band
Licensed Courtesy of EMI Recorded Music Ltd
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bertolucci- brilliant as always
14 August 2006 | by heidipipSee all my reviews

When I first saw this on TV, it struck me as somewhat sadistic and I quit watching after about an hour. But something piqued my interest and I actually bought the DVD to watch it again. And again. And again. I loved it - even though there were repellent aspects to it, and ultimately I don't think it succeeded in describing or explaining the events of May, '68. The political events became like a curtain backdrop to the primary event which was the relationship of the three people. I'm not sure that focusing on these three was the best way to showcase the events going on France at that time. I just saw Oliver Stone's World Trade Center and he uses the same conceit- focusing on the lives of two people caught up in the disaster. It didn't work for me in that film at all. Be that as it all may- what I did like is the acting (very courageous on everyone's part) and the direction by Bertolucci was superb. As a heterosexual female, Micheal Pitt really does it for me, but I have to say I admire Eva Green for taking this role. Bertolucci is such a master, every frame so beautifully staged and shot. The sex scenes were incredible.


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