What does it take to fight a pandemic? Knowledge, courage and resilience, certainly, but also rough-and-tumble argument, a range of friendships both consoling and abrasive, a healthy sense of gallows humor and soul-sustaining supplies of loud music and louder sex. French writer-director Robin Campillo understands all of this in “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” his sprawling, thrilling, finally heart-bursting group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s.
The film competed for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes it won critical acclaim and four awards, including the Grand Prix.
“Robin Campillo’s outstanding AIDS activist drama melds the personal, the political and the erotic to heart-bursting effect.” – Variety
“AIDS Drama 120 Beats Per Minute Is a Vital New Gay Classic” – Vanity Fair
“A vitally erotic, moving ode to activism” – The Telegraph