BPM (Beats Per Minute)
aka 120 Beats Per Minute
aka 120 battements par minute
First screened in August 2017
Director: Robin Campillo. Cast: Arnaud Valois, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Antoine Reinartz, Adèle Haenel, Médhi Touré, Ariel Borenstein, Aloïse Sauvage, Simone Bourgade, Catherine Vinatier, Félix Maritaud, Naelle Dariya, Simon Guélat, Jean-François Auguste, Rahim-Sivioli Mehdi, Coralie Russier, Samuel Churin, Saadia Bentaieb. Screenplay: Robin Campillo and Philippe Mangeot.

Twitter Capsule: Loving, detailed tribute to ACT-UP Paris in early 90s. Narrows focus over time; short on style. Still, moving.

VOR:   Valuably commemorates an important chapter in civilian activism, particularly among LGBTs. Artful handling of sexuality, disease, and their convergences.

Photo © 2017 The Orchard/Les Films de Pierre/France 3 Cinéma/
Page 114/Memento Films/FD Production

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Cannes Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize; FIPRESCI Prize; Queer Palme
Chicago International Film Festival: Q Hugo (Best LGBTQ Feature)
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Foreign Language Film
European Film Awards: Best Film Editing (Campillo)
César Awards (French Oscars): Best Film; Best Supporting Actor (Reinartz); Most Promising Actor (Biscayart); Best Original Screenplay; Best Film Editing; Best Original Score (Arnaud Rebotini)

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