One of the themes of The Dreamers is the passion and folly of youth, not just youth as a universal aspect of the human condition, but youth in Paris in the spring of 1968, one of those enchanted historical dawns when, to quote Wordsworth, "to be young was very heaven."

It begins as an American exchange student falls under the spell first of the Cinemathque Française and then of two of the cinephiles he meets there, twin brother and sister, Louis Garrel (Theo) and Eva Green (Isabelle). The Dreamers is well suited to Mr. Bertolucci's chief preoccupations. He has long been fascinated by the unwitting or reluctant participation of flawed, passive individuals in grand political and social dramas, from Italian Fascism (The Conformist; 1900) to Chinese Communism (The Last Emperor). 

The Dreamers, which is disarmingly sweet and completely enchanting, fuses sexual discovery with political tumult by means of a heady, heedless romanticism that nearly obscures the film's patient, skeptical intelligence. A.O Scott  New York Times

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