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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL September 2017 - Film: 120 beats per minute (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Fri, 6 Oct 2017 08:25:24 +0300
Released in theaters on Wednesday, August 23, Robin Campillo's film, 120 beats per minute,
tells the first years of fight of the association of fight against the AIDS, Act Up-Paris.
An intense and mainstream film, about a little-known story. ---- Appearing in the late
1970s, AIDS remained until the end of 1980, considered as " gay cancer ", trans illness,
migrants and migrants, prostitutes, prisoners and drug addicts. Act Up-Paris is created in
1989, it is from its beginnings which deals with the film of Campillo. The end of the
Mitterrand years, the affairs of contaminated blood, public authorities that do not react
despite the hecatomb and the pharmaceutical labs that keep their commercial goals. The
director himself had joined Act-up in 1992.
The film takes place in restricted spaces and times. The weekly meetings in a small amphi
retrench well an atmosphere that every militant and activist will recognize with pleasure.
It also features punch action that has made Act Up strong and inspired other organizations
in the 1990s: die-in, pharmaceutical lab invading ... always with the search for the most
important media coverage possible.
After each action, the film shows a passage in a box where the dance appears as the true
outlet. Campillo also films scenes of love and sex particularly well treated but also the
disease and its damage, without ever falling into miserabilism and pathos.
The regular intermingling in the film of these different scenes shows how life is then
inseparable from the struggle for this small militant group. The constant threat of seeing
his comrades, or oneself, dying from the disease creates a terrible time-trial atmosphere.
There is also incredible human energy and militancy.
If the situation is no longer comparable with the early 1990s when the disease killed by
the thousands, it is far from being eradicated globally: 36.7 million people were infected
in 2016 according to the And 1 million people died that same year. The pharmaceutical labs
and the capitalist economy continue to be a brake on the care of these people.
120 beats per minute will have the advantage of being a poignant and mainstream film that
highlights a history of the fight against AIDS and those who benefit. If it is hard and
undeniably puts a slap, it is a film of which nevertheless no fate but a lot of dignity.
So much reason to go and see him and take some people !
meeting with actor Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
Benjamin (AL Nantes)
120 beats per minute, by Robin Campillo, France, 2:22, in theaters since August 23.
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