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The Dreamers

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Run Time: 115 min. Format: 35mm Rating: NC17 Release Year: 2003 Language: French and English

Starring: Eva Green, Louis Garrel, Michael Pitt

Nitehawk Naughties time travels to 1968 for a Parisian menage-a-trois with THE DREAMERS (a 35mm presentation). Includes surprise goodies courtesy of our partner, Babeland!


When young American exchange student named Matthew (Michael Pitt) meets twins Théo (Louis Garrel) and Isabelle (Eva Green) during the May 1968 protest over the firing of Cinémathèque Francaise founder Henri Langlois they discover a mutual love of film and each other. Matthew’s stay with the twins alone in their bohemian home sets into motion a summer of sexual fantasy amongst the rather violent reality of the student protests occurring. While it didn’t leave as much of a controversial footprint as Last Tango in Paris, Bertolucci’s The Dreamers has a similar tone in that it features a taboo sexual odyssey, hinting at incest, between relative strangers during a short period of time. Importantly, it is also a love letter to cinema itself, mimicking another infamous Parisian threesome film, Jean-Luc Godard’ Bande à part (Band of Outsiders).

Part of the 2016 Nitehawk Naughties OOH LA LA program in partnership with Babeland.