A film about students, in Paris, where three languages are used throughout, that was co-produced by French, Italian and British companies.... they talk of film, politics, intimate experiences and smoke long cigarettes...... if you can get more bohemian than that, let me know.
The main guy, an American student, gets involved with a brother and sister (children of a poet), who drag him into a hedonistic and sexual whirlwind, and a life in separation from the reality outside their bubble.
It was controversial, especially in the States, because there's implied incest, nudity, and plenty of sex.
It's based on Gilbert Adair's novel The Holy Innocents, who also wrote the screenplay. I read somewhere that DiCaprio was offered the main role but turned it down because he was in production.
The film has many references to other films so it's fun to try to spot them.
Not Bertolucci's (Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor) most successful attempt. I think he spends too long trying to shock us than to intrigue us. The elements don't pull together well, especially the cultural realities going on outside, but the acting is surprisingly good, Bertolucci's artistic mark is evident, and it's a film-buffs dream.
Do you like such intimate films?