The lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris are reimagined in bold and vivid detail in 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute), a stunning and heart-wrenching drama from the writer of Palme d’Or winner The Class. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017, this is an essential work of cinema with a profoundly moving and delicately crafted love story at its heart.
As the AIDS epidemic tears through their community, the members of ACT UP Paris are fighting for survival. While they battle against governmental apathy, pharmaceutical greed and public ignorance, they also go out partying, debate politics and, occasionally, fall in love. One day, as outspoken radical Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) strikes up a conversation with shy newcomer Nathan (Arnaud Valois), they have no idea that their lives are about to change forever.
Based on the director’s own experiences, it’s a film about life, death, love, tragedy – and, above all, the will to survive.
★★★★★ "Puts sex and politics on the agenda without ever compromising on cinematic flair" - Katherine McLaughlin, The List
★★★★★ "A mad, beautiful, brutal film" - Alex Godfrey, Empire
★★★★★ "A deep house opera, an urgent, steamy love story and a jubilant battle cry that demands to be witnessed" - Simran Hans, The Observer
★★★★★ "Tragic, urgent and full of cinematic life" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian