Les Amants reguliers (Regular Lovers)
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Les Amants reguliers (Regular Lovers)
Touted in many circles as a response to The Dreamers (2003) -- Bernardo Bertolucci's ode to Paris in May 1968 -- Philippe Garrel's Regular Lovers (aka Les Amants Réguliers) explores the same events cinematically but undertakes a wholly unique aesthetic and temporal approach. The director follows his central characters, a young man named François and his clique of friends, as they experience the aftermath of the events and grapple with their attempts to understand what has just occurred. Garrel's familiarity with The Dreamers came by default; his son, Louis, starred in that earlier… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This tender portrait of late-1960s French youth stars Louis Garrel as François, a 20-year-old Parisian struggling through the fires of revolutionary promise and its smoldering remains."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Garrel is not just an artless aesthete, he is unexpectedly and intensely romantic -- imagining and realizing a character who can die for love."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Despite debunking some of the romantic myths surrounding this fascinating time, Philippe Garrel's ambitious May '68 epic is more interested in mood than drama and, thus, devotes too much time to posturing introspection."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"[An] impressive flashback to the May '68 Paris revolts... recreated here in long takes with hauntingly vibrant precision."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"Not much happens, but the director keeps our attention nevertheless."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"It's clearly an intensely personal project for the director, who was 20 himself in '68 (and shooting the riot police in 35mm) and has also cast his father Maurice and the music of his partner Nico."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"A melancholy meditation upon both the events of May 1968 in Paris and a doomed love affair."
‑ Tom Dawson, BBC.com
"A slow-moving and austere look back at the activities of some young participants in the events of May, 1968 in Paris."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Regular Lovers isn't a folly-of-youth story that aches with emotion, like Au Revoir, Les Enfants or The Squid And The Whale. It's drier, and simpler. You are there. Iris out."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"It's a lethargic, meandering picture that takes a largely uncritical view of its narcissistic characters."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Just shy of three hours, this is of the admirable, artistic type that one should certainly see, but preferably at home, where the fast forward button is just within reach."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"Like "This Time Tomorrow," the film is a wonderful tribute to the ideals of youth."
‑ , Slant Magazine
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