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The tumultuous political landscape of Paris in 1968 serves as the backdrop for a tale about three young cineastes who are drawn together through their passion for film. Matthew, an American exchange student, pursuing his education abroad in Paris, becomes friends with a French brother and sister duo, named Guillaume and Danielle, who share a common love of the cinema. While the May 1968 Paris student riots--which eventually shut down most of the French government--are happening around them, the three friends develop a relationship unlike anything Matthew has ever experienced, or will ever… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A real pleasure."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Ambitious and uneven, visceral and pungent."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Legendary director Bernardo Bertolucci ("1900") crafts a return to social revolt in the form of sexual pursuits by a trio of late '60s teenaged students in this engaging yet insufficient movie."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It's an amusing, sophisticated movie, true to its times, cheerfully erotic, and played with unselfconscious conviction by its three young actors."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The venue for Pitt's marvelous coming-out performance."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Exhilarating."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A film about youth and passion that seems old and passionless."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Despite the movie's well-earned NC-17, Bertolucci's own ménage à trois favors cinephilia over the related pleasures of politics and sex."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"The film is at once a celebration of the sexual revolution and a celebration of cinema as the secular equivalent of religion, at a time when movies really mattered."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...we feel stranded on a soundstage, mummy-wrapped in film studies and bereft of any genuine emotion."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Swept away by the intensity of the characters' movie debates and sexual games, Bertolucci often recaptures the film-besotted spirit of the period."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Its nostalgia and narcissism are ultimately two versions of the same thing, and neither can reopen cross-cultural channels. Instead they keep this story stuck in the past, frozen and intact and irrelevant."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Bertolucci tops himself."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Fans of film and gorgeous naked people of either sex will find much here to interest them. But it also has moments that make you want to throw stones."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"It's a hot sequence that nudges the boundary of taste, but still manages to come off more as art than porn."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
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