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BPM: 120 BEATS PER MINUTE

Review

Director:

Robin Campillo

Genre:

Drama

Country:

France

Rated:

UNRATED

Year:

2017

Language:

French

Runtime:

140 Minutes

Description:

It’s been thirty years since the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) first appeared, ushering in an era of protests that continues to inspire activists around the world. A former member of its Paris chapter, Campillo, has drawn on his own experience to pay tribute to the young people who did much to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic in early 1990s France.

A vibrant and powerful ensemble movie, 120 Beats is also a painful reminder that many in the political and pharmaceutical establishment were unconcerned for the plight of the gay community. The film’s frantic title (a normal heart rate is 60 to 100 BPM) refers to the protagonist's’ desperate race against 

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