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BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

120 battements par minute (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 23 August 2017 (France)
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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.

Director:

Robin Campillo

Writers:

Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot (collaboration on screenplay)
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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 August 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

BPM (Beats Per Minute) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,566, 22 October 2017

Gross USA:

$125,189

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,704,369
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's budget of $5 million was easily raised, due to Robin Campillo's high profile and how personally resonant the subject matter was for him. See more »

Goofs

After the incursion in the lab, the group gathered in the subway; in the background we can see a Score games ad. Score games first shop was opened in 1992 in Paris, although the action is supposed to be set in 1989. See more »

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Referenced in Guépardes: Un Lion ne meurt pas, il dort (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Smalltown Boy
Lyrics and Music by Steve Bronski, Larry Steinbachek and Jimmy Somerville (as James Somerville)
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Remixed by Arnaud Rebotini
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Flawed, but worth it
23 March 2018 | by robfwalterSee all my reviews

This movie is not perfect, but its flaws are outshone by its facets. The most sparkling among those is Arnaud Valois, who is smoking hot as Nathan, one of the ACT UP campaigners who this film follows. Good acting, a warm heart and a realism that is hard to find in big idea movies are also highlights of this film. Yes, an awful lot of it takes place in meetings in a lecture theatre, but these scenes actually had my heart racing, so true were they to the reality of activist politics - trying to decide if you should speak up or let a point pass, understanding both sides of an argument but knowing that the purpose of a meeting is to make a choice, hating someone's ideology but trying to maintain a working relationship with them. In this way, the movie finds its relevance to today. If politics is to be taken back from careerists and corporations to instead deal with real problems such as climate change and growing income and wealth inequality, it will require everyday people to take their cue from 120 Battements Par Minute and turn up to meetings, argue points of order and collectively decide how to act.

The two main shortcomings of the film are its earnestness and its length. Even just cutting fifteen minutes from it could have made the film easier to take, and there is probably half an hour that could have gone. In some ways it's stuck trying to tell a Hollywood story at a European pace, and as a consequence it does drag at times.

I was prepared for the earnestness, as I had seen the previews, but there are still a few times when it felt more like instruction than entertainment. However, there are also moments of levity and it's worth giving up an extra half hour of your time to see a film that is as profound, important and relevant as this one.


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