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Dreamers, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Insufferably pretentious and gratuitously explicit film about a quiet American student (Michael Pitt) studying in Paris, whose love of old movies leads to an unwholesome triangular relationship with a brother (Louis Garrel) and sister (Eva Green) left alone to turn their apartment into a sexual playground while their parents are away on holiday during the tumultuous summer of 1968. Based on the ironically titled novel "Holy Innocents" by Gilbert Adair, director Bernardo Bertolucci's soft-core erotic tale, though clearly the product of a man in love with movies, says about as much about sex and politics as his controversial "Last Tango in Paris" said about sex and alienation -- which is absolutely nothing. Graphic sexual encounters with extended full frontal nudity, an incestuous relationship, an attempted suicide, some mob violence, as well as recurring rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is NC-17 -- no one 17 and under admitted.

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