“120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)” Review

120 BPM poster120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)  

This French-language film about ACT UP-Paris’s activities to promote AIDS-related issues in the early 1990s is defined by Robin Campillo (director)’s personal experience, which makes the movie somehow even more potent, significant and poignant. At the centre of the story is the ACT UP-Paris organisation itself, a non-violent activist group based in Paris, which tries to defend the rights of those (especially minorities) affected by HIV and AIDS, and to seek better treatment for them. The film boasts great performances from Arnaud Valois (Nathan), Nahuel Perez Biscayart (Sean) and Adele Haenel (“The Unknown Girl” (2016) as Sophie, but it is probably the sheer power of its main message which is the most fascinating and memorable of its assets. An important movie to have been made in many ways, “120 BPM” unfortunately also suffers from excessive length and the inability to successfully shuffle organisational and personal issues in the story in its second half. 

Read more of this post

Advertisements
Science Fiction Theatre

A monthly film club dedicated to classic science fiction.

Rose's Film Blog!

film masters student, aspiring film journalist, trying her hand at film reviews and criticism. interested in multilingual cinema, feminism and diversity in film.

Amused in the Dark

Theatrical, DVD, and Netflix Reviews with the odd LGBTQ life post thrown in for fun

Antalgica Poetica

se ne sconsiglia la visione ai maggiorenni e comunque a chi ha più di 12 anni

Incarcerated shadows

"Something wicked this way comes"

Peach's Almanac

Anime Essays, Rants, Reviews

The Flapper Dame

A "Wannabe" Flapper blogging about Hollywood's Golden Era

I.deal Ideas

Understanding the world