The Dreamers [2004] [NC-17]

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Set in Paris in 1968, a time of turmoil and student riots, an American college student (Michael Pitt) befriends a French young man (Louis Garrel) and his twin sister (Eva Green). The trio shares a love of the cinema and sexual adventure. Also with Jean-Pierre Kalfon and Anna Chancellor. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. [2:10]

SEX/NUDITY 10 - There is a suggestion that a brother and his twin sister have an incestuous relationship although nothing is actually shown (a young man asks a young woman if her brother has ever been "inside her" and she says "he's always inside me"). A young man tells his sister and another young man to have sex while he watches: the young woman removes her top and skirt (we see her bare breasts and panties), the young man runs away, is chased and caught, and the brother holds him around the throat while the young woman approaches him (she's completely nude and we can see her bare breasts and pubic region), she unfastens his pants, and pulls down his underwear revealing his genitals (a photograph of the young woman in a bikini is in his underwear); the young man appears to lose consciousness momentarily, then he climbs on top of the young woman who is now on the floor, asks for help in terms of penetration and proceeds to thrust rhythmically while they both moan -- the brother is now making eggs in the same room -- and climax. A young man and a young woman have sex: they are both fully nude, she is on top of him thrusting, and we see her bare breasts and pubic region and we see his bare chest and legs). A young man unbuttons his pants and masturbates (we see and hear rhythmic movements and hear him moaning) in front of a photo of Greta Garbo while his sister touches his buttocks with a feather duster and another young man watches (after the young man ejaculates, his sister wipes the semen off the photograph with her hand). A young man lies across a bed, a young woman stands over him on the floor with her legs over his head (he apparently is performing oral sex on her). A young woman lies fully nude on a bed (we see her labia and bare breasts), a young man sucks on her toe, and he moves up her body resting his head on her pubic region. A young man and a young woman kiss passionately in a movie theater, a young man and a young woman kiss as they walk along a sidewalk, then lean against a wall and kiss again. A young woman kisses two young men goodnight. Two young men and a young woman (one of the men is her brother) sleep together, initially they are clothed and later we see them entwined and nude (we see bare breasts and genitals and the mother and father of the brother and sister find them sleeping). Two young men lie in a bathtub covered with bubbles (we see bare chests) then a nude young woman (the sister of one) joins them and one young man blows smoke into the mouth of the other young man; when they get out of the tub we see one young man's genitals and the young woman's bare breasts. Two young men in bathrobes lie in a bed together, one grabs the other around the neck then begins to climb on top of him (it is unclear whether there is any sexual intent), and they are interrupted when a young woman walks into the room. A young woman licks a young man's eyes to remove the sleep and says she does this to her brother every morning. A young woman is bloody after having had sex with a young man: her brother touches her between her legs, then the lover touches her, and they both have blood on their hands, the lover touches her face and they kiss and they both have blood on their faces. A young man and a young woman (brother and sister) sleep in bed together; the young man is nude (we see his bare buttocks, back and legs, and the young woman wears panties and her arm covers her bare breasts). A young man wears a jacket to go outside and when he bends over we see his bare buttocks and genitals. We see a young man's genitals when a young woman threatens to shave his pubic hair. A young man lying in bed partially covered by a sheet (we see his bare chest) watches a young woman reciting lines from a movie (he peers under the sheet a couple of times, implying that he may be aroused). A young woman wearing panties and a tank top asks a young man if she can touch his lips; she touches his lips and asks if she can put lipstick on him, and he says no. A young man changes his clothes with another young man in the room (we see his bare buttocks and his genitals). A young man stands nude in a tub with his sister and another young man in the bathroom (we see his bare back, buttocks and his genitals from the side). We see a young man in his underwear (boxers) in several scenes. A young man urinates in a sink in several scenes: we see him open his pants, and nothing is exposed (we see him from the back). A painting contains a bare-breasted woman standing over wounded soldiers in a battle scene.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Police attack a group of people, hitting them with nightsticks (we see some people falling to the ground and being beaten). People march through streets in protest, fires burn, police in riot gear are lined up along the street, people throw Molotov cocktails into buildings, and a couple are thrown toward the line of police. Policemen with nightsticks charge the protestors, after firing tear gas in their direction. A young woman pounds on a door and yells for her brother who is apparently in the next room with another woman. A young woman attaches a hose to the gas valve and intends to kill herself and two young men. We see a film scene of a man being shot repeatedly and falling dead on the street (it's from the 1932 film "Scarface"). We see a film scene of a young woman rolling herself down a hill and landing in water (presumably to kill herself). A young woman is bloody after having had sex with a young man: her brother touches her between her legs, then the lover touches her, and they both have blood on their hands, the lover touches her face and they kiss and they both have blood on their faces. A young man and a young woman (brother and sister) argue, and insult each other in a few scenes: in one scene the young man throws a book at the young woman, and they wrestle. Two young men argue. A young man pretends to be having an attack: he gags and gasps and falls to the floor. A young woman's hair is singed when she leans over a candle flame. A rock is thrown through the window of a house where three people are sleeping. A painting shows wounded soldiers in a battle scene. A young woman appears to be chained to a gate (in protest). A young woman tries to shave a young man's pubic hair. A young man urinates in sinks in several scenes; in one scene we see a stream of urine and a toothbrush falls into the sink. A young woman bleeds in a bathtub (it is menstrual blood). We see drawings of internal organs. A young man spits in his hand (it's not clear why). A young man takes a bite of food and spits it out.

PROFANITY 5 - 10 F-words, 2 sexual references, 8 scatological terms, 4 mild obscenities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - 1968, student protests, incest, relationships between twins siblings, the cinema, cinephile culture, French films, fascism, cultural revolution, cosmic harmony, lucidity, the Vietnam War, ego, French vs. American culture, sadism, homosexuality.

MESSAGE - Some people cannot be changed.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes and marijuana, and drinking alcohol.)

Special Keywords: S10 - V4 - P5 - MPAANC-17

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