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120 battements par minute (2017)

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Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.

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Simon Bourgade ...
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Médhi Touré ...
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Simon Guélat ...
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Catherine Vinatier ...
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Théophile Ray ...
Marco
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Mère de Sean
Jean-François Auguste ...
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Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical militant, who throws his last bits of strength into the struggle.

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$8,566, 22 October 2017, Limited Release

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$85,617, 10 December 2017
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On 19 September 2017, designated by the CNC as France's candidate for Foreign language Oscar. See more »

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Lyrics and Music by Steve Bronski, Larry Steinbachek and Jimmy Somerville (as James Somerville)
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Intelligent and brilliantly unsentimental, but loses its way a little
9 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

An intelligent yet visceral film about the gay community in '80s Paris, which starts brilliantly – focusing on the protests and meetings of Act Up, a group of guerrilla AIDS activists – before turning into a film about a man dying of the illness.

No matter how compassionately, credibly and intimately it does that, segueing from a film about ideas to one about the individual, contrasting the character's dynamism and beauty with his pain- ravaged impotence, and showing the body – not the city – as the battleground, it's ground we've covered countless times before, and (at the risk of sounding awful) it made the movie increasingly tedious.

At its best, this confrontational, unsentimental but humanistic film has unexpected echoes of Melville's Army in the Shadows, which looked at action, division and necessity within the French Resistance, and I understand why it included so many sequences of illness and sex, but those elements don't seem as interesting as the story it started to tell. When it returns to it in those final moments, loaded with the suffering and sadness of what's gone before, the results are admittedly astounding.

Nahuel Pérez Biscayart is absolutely terrific as Sean, a founding member, Mesut Őzil-alike and all-round complex human being, first introduced to us justifying the fact that he and his mates have handcuffed a government official to a post during his team's PowerPoint presentation.


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