BPM (Beats Per Minute)

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

(120 battements par minute)
(2017)

Early 90s-set French AIDs activism drama and winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017. From the writer of the Oscar-nominated The Class.... More

"Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act Up Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan (Arnaud Valois), a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), a radical militant, who throws his last bits of strength into the struggle." (Cannes Film Festival)Hide

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  • There's no shortage of incisive material contained here, and a more rigorous edit would greatly improve the lovingly made production's international prospects. Full Review

  • Robin Campillo commemorates the legacy of direct-action group ACT UP with a movie that is tragic, urgent and full of cinematic life. Full Review

  • Unlike some of its more unruly characters, the film is thoroughly well-behaved, and cycles between its elements with a realistic, somewhat dogged, sense of routine: marches, protests, post-mortem discussion, dancefloor, bed, repeat. Full Review

  • Campillo's film has a furious forward momentum that's inspired by the determination of its characters and bolstered by Arnaud Rebotini's house-music score. Full Review

  • Robin Campillo’s Cannes competition film gracefully, sharply humanises a historical tragedy. Full Review

  • Robin Campillo's outstanding AIDS activist drama melds the personal, the political and the erotic to heart-bursting effect. Full Review

  • It's the kind of story that could easily have lent itself to a shallow, made-for-cable social history, but director Robin Campillo achieves a touching and pointed mixture of styles. Full Review

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