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París, primavera del 68. Isabelle y su hermano Theo deciden invitar a Matthew, un joven estudiante norteamericano, mientras sus padres están de vacaciones. Entregados a su libre albedrío, experimentan
mutuamente con sus emociones y sexualidad y desarrollan una serie de juegos psicológicos cada vez más absorbentes.
París, primavera del 68. Isabelle y su hermano Theo deciden invitar a un joven estudiante norteamericano mientras sus padres están de vacaciones. Entregados a su libre albedrío, experimentan mutuamente con sus emociones y sexualidad y desarrollan una serie de juegos psicológicos cada vez más absorbentes.
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I believe that the sex primarily reinforces the innocence, or naivete, of the twins' -- Isabelle and Theo's -- private universe where they, as spoiled child-adults, endulge any desire or whim. This is in contrast to the anger and intensity which dominates their pretense at social-activism, driven by simple-minded reaction (war -- bad) to the turbulent times (the 60's). But they are just two sides to the same coin -- they truly are "Dreamers", detached from reality by a wall of denial. When anything happens which forces them to deal with reality, such as having the true nature of their relationship discovered by their parents, the results are not pretty. (Actually, it is a little ambitious to suggest that their parents discovered the true nature of their relationship when it isn't clear that even they understand the true nature of this confusing mix of polyamory, bisexuality, incest, voyeurism, fraternity, obsession, and just a hint of sadomasochism.) Matthew, the young American student whom they "adopt," is torn between the seductive nature of their universe (including his attraction to and love of Isabelle and Theo) and his own grounding in reality -- though he is as young as they are, he possesses a maturity and true thoughtulness which they lack. So long as they all remain primarily isolated in their apartment, their private universe mostly prevails, but in the end their differences in the "real" world is what tears them apart.
The acting is superb throughout -- there is some very impressive work here. The cinematography is also excellent and the use of clips from classic films is brilliant, reinforcing not only the establishment of the characters' love of cinema but also the degree to which these "dreamers" are lost within their fantasies. The ending is amazing and rather abrupt. (mild spoiler alert) It will likely leave most viewers feeling a bit unfulfilled but that fits the movie. The ending likely would leave the characters feeling unfulfilled -- ultimately, no matter how much he wanted to be a part of Isabelle and Theo's universe, Matthew could never remain there. When reality came crashing through, the characters acted according to their nature and their differences severed the bond for good.
Some have complained that the film is too slow. It is a bit slow but when doing a character-study, how much "study" is too much? How much is enough? I, personally, was riveted throughout. Those who were not riveted, likely weren't really connecting with the movie anyway and more aggessive editing likely would not have changed that. The movie is not for everyone.
The only other Bernardo Bertolucci movie I have seen is "Last Tango in Paris" about which I was not very enthusiastic. It was an impressive film but ultimately I could not buy into the story -- I found the characters and situations ultimately unbelievable and that made all the good things in it difficult to appreciate. The same thing could have happened here -- these characters certainly are not like anyone I know or would even imagine but the acting, the script, and the directing drew me in -- I rather imagine that for many, that was not enough, and they wound up disliking the film as a result. I can't explain why it worked for me and I sure can't say whether it will work for you but the bottom line is, it worked for me. I enjoyed this movie.
Michael Pitt is a fine actor and so are the sister and brother with whom he shares sex. It's 1968 amid the student riots which rocked the capitals of America and Europe alike. The scenes of the rioting at the end are very realistic. The extras have Bertolucci telling exactly what he was trying to achieve and which he did certainly achieve and comparing them with the actual footage which still exists.
In the end it turns out that the American, Pitt, is much more conservative than his French friends. His wardrobe from the beginning says as much.
I want to share this with some of my lady friends with whom I have dinner every Friday evening but I'm not sure they'll want to witness all the raw sex..
In 1968 Paris, as the protests that began around cinema threaten to expand and bring down the
government, an odd manage-a-trios develops between a young American and a twin brother and
sister, whose relationship is full of borderline incest. The three form a tight circle and almost forget
the world outside while dunk on booze, sexuality,and each other. But by the end, the maelstrom outside
is too powerful to simply be ignored.
This is a very good film, but for me, not quite a great one. The depths of these characters aren't explored the
way Bertolucci does in, say `The Conformist', and there are even some places where it feels like he pulls his
punches (not a director one thinks of doing so.) But the homosexual attraction between the brother and the
American is reduced to an occasional ambiguous smoldering glance. That aspect, among others, was far
more explicit in the novel.
None-the-less, the film is beautifully made (some terrific editing that inserts images from other films that
relate to and comment on the story), and the acting is solid (and bold. While the sex itself isn't that much more
explicit than in many R rated films, the amount of relaxed nudity is, and that meant these young actors had to
really throw off their inhibitions to make many scenes work.
Avoid edited versions - this film is largely about sexuality, and watering down that element waters down the film.