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''The Dreamers'' is a 2003 film by Creator/BernardoBertolucci based on the novel ''The Holy Innocents'' by Gilbert Adair.

The film is set against the backdrop of the 1968 student riots in Paris. Matthew (Creator/MichaelPitt), an American exchange student, befriends Isabelle (Creator/EvaGreen) and Théo (Louis Garrel), an [[{{Twincest}} unusually close]] twin brother and sister, and becomes involved with the sister.

!!This film provides examples of:

* BirthmarkOfDestiny: Theo and Isabelle use this to support their claim that they are identical twins.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Isabelle catches Theo masturbating to old pictures of actress Marlene Dietrich, and then has him do it in front of her and Matthew.
%%* CloudCuckooLander: Theo and Isabelle.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: As said in CaughtWithYourPantsDown, Isabelle catches Theo masturbating to old pictures of actress Marlene Dietrich, and then has him do it in front of her and Matthew.
%%* EthicalSlut: Theo.
* EuropeansAreKinky: Basically the reason for this movie--lots of sex, including (implicitly) between the twins.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: It's a movie by Creator/BernardoBertolucci about TheSixties.
* FetishFuel: In-Universe. In a scene when Isabelle is wearing nothing but a sheet around her waist and black opera gloves against a black background (making it look like she has no arms from just above the elbows), Matthew says "I've always wanted to make love to the Venus de Milo."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: If anyone finds out, she'll kill herself.
* GilliganCut: Isabelle vehemently refusing to let Matthew into her room. Cut to next scene with Matthew exploring her room.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Matthew, who points out that [[YouFailBiologyForever since Theo and Isabelle are different genders their claim of being identical twins must be false.]]
* HideYourGays: In the book it's based on, ''The Holy Innocents'' by Gilbert Adair, the sexuality between Matthew and Theo was just as developed as that between Matthew and Isabelle. In the movie, the two boys just indulge in a little HoYay, while Matthew and Isabelle actually have lots of sex onscreen.
* IdealizedSex: {{Averted}}. Hence the NC-17 rating.
* MaleFrontalNudity: Both guys. Theo even masturbates for the camera.
* MsFanservice: That's Eva Green, not wearing a lot of clothing.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Isabelle: "There's something we've always wanted to do but we've been waiting for the right person to do it with..."
%%* NoEnding
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. Isabelle gets hers [[{{Squick}} while taking a bath with Theo and Matthew]]. Theo notes it's "good news", since she'd already had unprotected sex with Matthew multiple times.
* ShoutOut: To lots of old movies starring the likes of Creator/GretaGarbo. The characters often reenact scenes from classic movies (the director then usually cuts to a clip of the original). Example: Matthew, Theo and Isabelle run through the Louvre in order to break the record set in the movie ''Bande à part'' (''Band of Outsiders''). Also, the twins play a game in which they later involve Matthew : you reenact a movie scene and the other person has to recognize that scene or else fulfill a usually squicky dare.
* TheSixties: the movie is basically a collection of everything that was cool about the sixties. It is an idealized vision full of the usual images: free love, weed all around, Music/JanisJoplin records, and debates about Maoism, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, and the greatness of Music/EricClapton vs. Music/JimiHendrix.
* TheTheTitle: The title is ''The Dreamers''.
%%* AThreesomeIsHot
* {{Twincest}}: Heavily implied, though never explicitly confirmed, between Isabelle and Theo. At the very least Isabelle was [[spoiler: a virgin until Matthew]].
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: Subverted by the fact that one twin is male and the other is female.
%%* UntoUsASonAndDaughterAreBorn