very strange toward the end, & strangely paced too. Some moving moments, however I don't get many of the decisions going into the filmmaking, especially the reactions toward Sean's death however inevitable it may seem (I assume Sean and Nathan and Sean's mom have perhaps discussed his decision to be "euthanized" off-screen?? - is his decision to be "put to death" implied anywhere?? made me very uncomfortable).
The first half of the movie—about how an activist organization functions and whether or not its stunts effect real change—is so thematically and cinematically compelling that it's a shame the film doesn't follow that thread through to the end. BPM drops off when it settles for spending most of its second half as a rather routine deathbed melodrama, a sincere and well-acted one, but overdrawn and sparse on insight.
Le film de Robin Campillo rappelle combien la vie est politique et que ce qui la fait battre se retrouve au croisement du désir, de la peine et de la lutte. En revenant sur une histoire déjà oubliée, il rappelle à chacun que l'existence n'est que le sens qu'on lui donne, même par devers soi. Vibrant. Digne. En état de grâce. Habité. Bouleversant. Un film qui n'a peur de rien. La vie des morts est encore là. Intense.
Malgré quelques longueurs non préjudiciables à l'équilibre et l'efficacité de l'ensemble, ce troisième long métrage du réalisateur Robin Campillo reste un des films majeurs de l'année cinématographique 2017 et peut-être la meilleure œuvre actuelle sur cette ravageuse et mortelle thématique médicale que reste l'infection au virus du sida... www.cinefiches.com
Silence equals death. Campillo's film examines the Act Up Paris group in the early 90's telling the story of a handful of its members with poignant and powerful results. The young cast excels throughout but its the warm but somewhat chaotic script that truly sings here giving us full fledged characters and not cyphers or stereotypes. The dancehall hybrid sequences are breathtaking.
The first half, nervous and political, is from far the best. Campillo is famous for his scripts but here the directing is also pretty accurate and captures the energy and doubts of Act Up. The second half that focuses on the relation of the two boys is a lot heavier (from the style) and déjà vu. Clichés that spoil what was a good statement. Some good lines and acting but the result is altogether a bit clumsy.
In bizarro world bpm gets too much attention and I'm denigrating pedestrian decisions at the level of craftsmanship, like the lifeless cinematography in those dance scenes. But no American saw this, so I think of strengths. The least pedantic version of itself, not guiding you so much as throwing you in a room full of characters and history. Sex scenes veer into unexpected places. Joy and anger en meme temps
The scene in which the air particles of the dancefloor become the molecules infected by the virus is worthy of a fifth star in itself. What a tour de force, I enjoyed Campillo's "Eastern Boys" but this was greater in a whole other level. A beautiful - if tragic - cinematic testament. <3
The body is political, and sex is made activism. BPM is sexy without shame, a celebration of life, chaotic, complicated and beautiful. Here, refusing to die quietly is the most vicious shout in a fight against systemic silence and prejudice. More intelligent about grief than most films and powerfully humane, both in form and text. The ending is breathtakingly perfect.