120 battements par minute

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A film by Robin Campillo

Cast: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel

English title: 120 beats per minute

More than a trivial tribute to the activists of Act Up Paris, “120 beats per minute” sketches the sensitive silhouette of a forgotten generation. Sensual and evanescent portrait at the crossroads of “Revenants” and “Eastern Boys”.

With Les Revenants (2004), Campillo revived the genre of fantasy while relying on a pure belief: that of a cinema of the premises devoid of effects where only the atmosphere counts.  Here act up in Paris in the 90’s were the gays wanted to be heard and make aware that it was not only a gay disease but an everybody disease and wanted to teach prevention to everyone. Act up will be described in the first scene of the film. A conference where gays and not will be protesting where ever the see fit. 120 beats per minute initially looks like a biopic focused on the most eventful years of Act Up,  Gays wanted to make a difference here and they were having trouble constantly arrested by the police at rallies. Yes there is a love story here and the director does not shy away with the sex scene either.  Young people surrounded by death find in their annihilation a form of dignity and desire. To translate this thirst for life, the filmmaker’s gaze lingers on their faces and their bodies, but also on strange particles enclosing them as if to symbolize fatality. More than a reminder that would remind us of the dark years of AIDS and the ostracism of homosexuals. Act Up Paris once dreamed that the Seine would turn red blood to carry its message higher. Campillo realizes this wish in a tribute of a rare accuracy. And Yes it won for best film at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Pictures of the 4 french films. 

French cinema has regained the taste of the Palme d’or. While it took more than twenty years to find a successor to Maurice Pialat’s “Sous le Soleil de Satan”, the Palme d’Or in 1987, the last decade saw three French directors crowned: Laurent Cantet for ” Between the Walls “in 2008, Abdellatif Kéchiche for” La Vie d’Adèle “in 2013 and finally Jacques Audiard for” Dheepan “in 2014. This year, four contenders are in the running.

Robin Campillo, with “120 Battements par minute” (120 Beats a minutes) Set in the early 1990s, the film depicts a group of HIV/AIDS activists associated with the Paris chapter of ACT UP.

Jacques Doillon, avec «Rodin» The French  sculptor just in case you did not know I can’t wait to see that one.

Michel Hazanavicus, avec «Le Redoutable» This has to be interesting. Here is why and I know one of you won’t be able to wait to see this one. During the making of one of his films, French film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky and later marries her. Another one of my favorite Director and Hazanavicus has done a off beat comedy about it.

François Ozon, avec «L’Amant double» I saw the preview of this one and it looks so good plus it is François Ozon my favorite director I can not wait I know that we will be able to see it may 25th and I am so on it.

You can count on me to review all of them. I can’t wait.