Full Review: BPM (120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE) (France 2017) ****

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BPM (Beats Per Minute) Poster
120 BPM. The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.


Robin Campillo

Best known for being Laurent Cantet’s (ENTRE LES MURS, VERS LE SUD) scriptwriter, Robin Campillo is also responsible for EASTERN BOYS, never released in Toronto but clearly the best gay film of 2003, along with STRANGER BY THE LAKE in close second that year.  His shooting techniques (example overhead shots of a crowd) of his films are familiar and are put to good use as in his new film.

While EASTERN BOYS dealt with East European call boys invading Paris, BPM covers another controversial if not more non-fiction topic.  120 battements par minute (beats per minute) centres on the…

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