120 battements par minute

October 17th, 2017


120 battements par minute

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Release Year: 2017

Rating: 7.7/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Robin Campillo

Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel

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.

Writers: Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Félix Maritaud, Médhi Touré, Aloïse Sauvage, Simon Bourgade, Catherine Vinatier, Saadia Bentaïeb, Ariel Borenstein, Théophile Ray, Simon Guélat, Jean-François Auguste, Coralie Russier, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Nahuel Pérez Biscayart - Sean Dalmazo
Arnaud Valois - Nathan
Adèle Haenel - Sophie
Antoine Reinartz - Thibault
Félix Maritaud - Max
Médhi Touré - Germain
Aloïse Sauvage - Eva
Simon Bourgade - Luc
Catherine Vinatier - Hélène
Saadia Bentaïeb - Mère de Sean
Ariel Borenstein - Jérémie
Théophile Ray - Marco
Simon Guélat - Markus
Jean-François Auguste - Fabien
Coralie Russier - Muriel


Official Website: Official Site [France]

Country: France

Language: French

Release Date: 3 Jan 2017

Filming Locations: Paris, France

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User Review


Rating: 9/10

TThis is one of the best films of the year. 120 Beats Per Minute dramatises a dramatic few (early) years of ACT UP Paris, a direct action AIDS advocacy group. The film opens by initially presenting many different participants in meetings and demonstrations to give an understanding of the diversity of the people affected by AIDS and the group itself. It then hones in on two main protagonists – Sean and Nathan. Sean is HIV positive yet starting to develop AIDS. His fiercely political and personal fight against AIDS, ignorance, fear and the lack of interest from Government, pharmaceutical companies and the general public to their personal plight is heightened by the growing number of deaths decimating the gay community around him and the little time he may have to live. Nathan is a new member to ACT UP, HIV negative, yet quickly learning about HIV, AIDS, drug interactions, scientific analysis, and the political and social landscape of AIDS. He eventually falls in love with Sean, and will eventually have to take care of him much earlier than expected. Both men are in their early 20's when we meet them and this is probably the most heartbreaking and devastating aspect of the film and its story- that this disease claimed so many young lives within a society that for the most part did not care about their plight and stigmatised them because they were gay, had AIDS, and / or did not like their sexual practices. The film follows ACT UP meetings, protest rallys and demonstrations (which are both shocking and humorously presented); alongside Sean and Nathan's growing relationship. One scene in particular I will never forget - when they gate crash a class at a high school to inform the students about safe sex, as nobody was informing them because of the sexual nature, and the camera keeps on returning to one young student mesmerised by the groups actions; showing how they did have an impact through their presence. All the performances are beautifully rendered, and while the running time may seem long it is understandable when seen in context with the emotionally powerful last quarter of the film. This film was an experience that haunted me for days afterward. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


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